Nottingham City Museums & Galleries

About us

Nottingham City Museums and Galleries Service sets out to inspire and challenge the way people experience, explore and develop their ideas about the diversity of the world through the creative use of museum collections and cultural resources. We are always looking for volunteers to join our team.

About your role

Roles range from working with the public, helping with family-friendly activities, assisting curatorial staff, or simply mucking in with the upkeep of our beautiful gardens. For the majority of roles, no specialist knowledge is required; you just need buckets of enthusiasm, a friendly can-do attitude and a willingness to get stuck in. There are three beautiful locations you could be volunteering at. Wollaton Hall, Newstead Abbey and Nottingham Industrial Museum.

Wollaton Hall

Wollaton Hall is one of the country's finest Grade 1 listed Elizabethan mansions and houses a Natural History Museum housing wildlife exhibits and collections of rare and unique curiosity. Herds of red and fallow deer roam free across the 500 acres of parkland.

Roles include:

  • Walled Garden Helpers - The Walled Garden is a Grade II listed building  and we are now working to restore this area every Thursday 9.30am-noon. Current tasks include clearing the area of vegetation, collecting all historical material- bricks, tiles, timber work, architectural features, brick reclamation and clearing paths to improve public access. 

  • Sensory Garden Assistant - our sensory garden was designed to impact on all the senses and lead to a greater feeling of well-being and relaxation and is a user-friendly space, encouraging visitors to touch, taste, admire and listen. A small group of volunteers currently care for this area doing basis horticulture tasks such as weeding, pruning and planting. 

  • Events and Activities Assistant (NOW RECRUITING FOR LEGO ASSISTANTS) - Facilitate a range of family friendly activities such as trails, make and take activities, special events etc throughout the year. 

Newstead Abbey

Once home to the notorious poet, Lord Byron is a beautiful historic house set in a glorious landscape of gardens and parkland within the heart of Nottinghamshire at Newstead Abbey.

Roles include:

  • Gardeners: Working as part of a team, you would be helping our gardeners with the upkeep and development of the stunning 38 acres gardens at Newstead Abbey so that they can be enjoyed by all visitors. 

  • Family Activity Centre Helpers: Help welcome visitors and to encourage them to join in a range of fun free family friendly activities around the Abbey. one day you could be in an arts and crafts session, the next you could be dressing up in costume and leading a group of children on a trail around the park!

  • Visitor Service Assistants: Taking place in the actual Abbey, you will be a freindly face making sure visitors have a great time by providing information about the history of the site and the historic collections they hold.

Nottingham Industrial Museum

Come and learn all about Nottinghamshire’s industrial heritage at Nottingham Industrial Museum. Our fascinating collection explores our rich industrial history from Tudor mines to the world’s first video recorder. Volunteers manage the museum, set up the events and make visits special.

  • Engagement volunteers: you will be staffing the museum whenever we are open to the public by operating the front desk, welcoming visitors, taking payments, providing information, selling souvenirs, explaining the exhibits and acting as tour guides. It is a really varied and interesting role, as you get to supervise and engage with visitors as well as learning about our wonderful exhibits. 

Other information

Once you appy, you will be invited for an informal chat with one of the museum volunteer coordinators. You will also have ongoing support throughout your entire volunteering journey.  

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