Tagged: Volunteering

Northern Museums Volunteer Pass Scheme

Delivered by the Museum Development teams in the North West, Yorkshire and the North East the Northern Museum Volunteer Pass Scheme is one of the largest schemes in England. Also known as the “Pink Pass” this scheme is open to all accredited museums, or those who have received official recognition of working towards accreditation, in the North West, North East and Yorkshire and Humberside region.

The Museum Volunteer Pass scheme is a mutually beneficial partnership between participating museums and entitles volunteers to free entry (and/or additional benefits where advertised) at participating museums in the region. A leaflet is produced annually listing all participating museums and the benefits at each institution for volunteers.

To be eligible to participate in the scheme museums must be able to offer a benefit to volunteer pass holders visiting from other museums. This may include:

  • Free entry to the museum
  • 10% discount in the shop and/or cafe
  • Free tea and/or coffee.

These benefits may be extended to include one guest accompanying the volunteer pass holder. 
Once accepted into the scheme, museums will be issued with named Institutional Passes, which they can loan out to their volunteers, and also Individual Passes.

The passes are issued in April each year and are valid for two years from the date of issue. The Institutional Pass is equivalent to 10 volunteers. The Individual Pass is not transferable. 
As individual passes are not transferable, we recommend that the passes are accessible only to your active volunteer base. If museums require any additional passes we would encourage the use of the institutional pass in the first instance.

As Museum Development needs to measure the uptake of this scheme, participating museums are asked to monitor the usage of the passes within their visitors. We ask that museums record the numbers of volunteers presenting their passes at each museum so that we can monitor take up and geographical use.

You can sign up to the Volunteer Pass scheme for April 2018 – 31 March 2020 NOW on Survey Monkey.

If you have any queries about the Volunteer Pass Scheme please contact Gillian Waters gillian.waters@ymt.org.uk



Volunteering Opportunity: Heritage Railway Association

Secretary, Heritage Committee 

As the result of a sudden vacancy arising, the HRA Heritage Committee is seeking applications for the role of Committee Secretary.

This is a volunteer role with no remuneration. Travel and subsistence costs (and any other appropriate outlays) can be reimbursed under the terms of the current HRA Expenses Guidelines. No specific hours of duty but the successful applicant will have sufficient time to undertake the role. Meetings are held four times a year at the NRM, York, generally on weekday afternoons (the next meeting being scheduled for 19th September 2017).

Core tasks will include taking and circulating the Minutes of meetings, for which at least some previous experience would be helpful. An interest in railways or industrial heritage would be an advantage. You should be computer literate and have good communicating skills. The Secretary is responsible to the committee Chairman for organising meetings, including liaising with the host venue, drafting agendas and circulation of other related documents.

In addition to the core tasks, you would be welcome, if you wish, to assist with other elements of the Committee’s work, specific tasks being shared out amongst Committee members.

Please reply in the first instance to: Sam Bee (Committee Chairman) at sam.bee@hra.uk.com, with C.V. and any further detail which you think might be relevant.

Expressions of interest would be appreciated by 4th August.

Volunteer Managers Network Meeting

Friday 9th June
Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
10:30 – 12:30

Run alongside the National Football Museum and Staircase House the North West Volunteer Managers Network is an opportunity for volunteer managers from around the region to network and share best practice and get advice.

At the next North West Volunteer Managers Network Meeting we will be joined by:

Ruth Hutchinson, Volunteer community engagement manager, University of Manchester
Jack Puller, Team Leader, Volunteer Centre Manchester

They will both discuss how they can help to recruit volunteers for us and also what they can also do for volunteers and volunteer managers.

We will also have an opportunity to discuss the up and coming development programme for regional Volunteer Managers.

So we know how numbers for catering please can you book your place here and if you have any questions get in touch with Alex Bird, Sector Development Office – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

Volunteering Opportunities: National Football Museum

The National Football Museum are currently offering a number of volunteering opportunities:

Football Memories Programme Volunteer

Football Story Box Project Volunteer

Volunteer Talk English Practitioner

Volunteer Women’s Football Workshop Practitioner

Volunteer Education Practitioner

For the full role descriptions please look at this document and if you would like to speak to someone contact Darren Collingwood at – Darren.Collingwood@nationalfootballmuseum.com

Volunteers for Museum Learning Award – Applications Now Open

Applications are now open for this year’s Volunteers for Museum Learning Award, presented by the British Museum and the Marsh Christian Trust.

The award celebrates the contribution of volunteers in museums, galleries and heritage sites all over the United Kingdom, recognising their achievements and dedication, as well as the innovative ways they are engaging with the visiting public. 

There will be twelve regional winners, each of whom will receive a £500 prize. Additionally, an overall national winner will receive a further £2000. The awards will be presented at the British Museum in September. Last year’s national winners were the Blaenafon Heritage Group Volunteers from Blaenavon Community Museum.

Volunteers are able to apply themselves or museums can apply on their behalf. Multiple entries from the same museum, gallery or heritage site are welcome. To submit an application please visit the British Museum website here. The closing date for applications is Friday 14 July 2017.

The Future of Volunteering – Volunteer Makers: Manchester Seminar

Volunteer Makers is a pioneering model – developed with museums – to meet the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly changing volunteer landscape.

It blends volunteering with public participation, audience development, marketing and digital to grow, manage and inspire a wider, more diverse and active support community for your museum.

Volunteer Makers supports and enhances traditional volunteering models while expanding your ability to connect to all of your potential supporters and build new audiences.

Our programme is supported by Arts Council England and is open to all accredited museums.

Seminar topics:

  • Our seminar will introduce you to Volunteer Makers model and technology, including:
  • Developing an effective organisation-wide approach to engaging volunteers
  • The long tail – how to target hard to reach volunteers
  • Beyond volunteering – how everyone who connects to you can become a volunteer
  • Value exchange – how to get the next generation of volunteers on your side
  • Different voices – increasing diversity in your supporter base
  • Get connected – how technology can increase engagement
  • The role of digital with engaging volunteers


  • To inspire and support museums to maximise impact of their engagement with volunteers
  • To encourage leadership and workforce in museums to be creative and highly skilled in their strategic volunteer engagement thinking
  • Recruit museums for continued one-to-one training as part of our ACE funded national training programme (October 2016 to March 2018).

Who is this seminar for:

  • Museum leadership
  • Curators
  • Learning
  • Audience development
  • Marketing / Digital
  • Volunteer managers/co-ordinators

To book a place at the event visit the eventbrite page and to hear from delegates at the January’s seminar in Preston visit click here.
This event is being run with Museum Development North West.

North West Volunteer Managers Network Meeting

Thursday 9th March
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, Manchester
10:30 – 12:30

Run alongside the National Football Museum and Staircase House the North West Volunteer Managers Network is an opportunity for volunteer managers from around the region to network and share best practice and get advice.

At the next meeting we will be discussing the following areas:

– Expenses
– Volunteer training
– Sharing of volunteers
– How to use Social media to attract new volunteers

If you’re able to attend please bring along your volunteer policy and volunteer agreement so we can discuss them as a group.

So we know how numbers for catering please can you book your place here and if you have any questions get in touch with Alex Bird, Sector Development Office – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

Administration and Finance Officer
Closing date: 29th January
Job type: Full time
Salary: £20,000

This is an exciting opportunity to play a crucial role in supporting the day to day running, as well as the development, sustainability and growth, of Sulgrave Manor Trust. In this role you will report to the CEO of Sulgrave Manor Trust.

Additional Information: 3-month probationary period, stakeholder pension scheme, 28 days holiday entitlement including bank holidays

Main Purpose of this Job is to assume responsibility for: 

1. Financial administration and inputting 

2. Systems related to policies and procedures 

3. General administration and tasks 

For more information and to apply for the job, please click here.

Erewash Museum: Collections Officer
Closing date: 20th January
Job type: Full time, job shares will be considered

Salary: £18,560 – £21,057 

Erewash Museum Service is looking to appoint an experienced museum professional who is enthusiastic about enabling wider access to the museum and its collections through exhibition and event programmes.

The role will have a strong focus on the development of our education and community service. The position offers an opportunity for contributing to and supporting the Museum Service Manager in developing an inspiring and quality service.

You should have a degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline and you need to be organised, enthusiastic, and flexible, self-motivated and have good team and communication skills.

For more information please click here.

Project Director – Other Stories, LGBT History Project
Closing date: 17th January
Job type: Freelance contact
Salary: £24,000

Derbyshire LGBT+ is the longest established and foremost advocate for the LGBT+ community in and around Derbyshire; representing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and other communities of sexuality and sexual identity.

We have recently begun work to establish a history project and are seeking a talented, motivated and experienced individual to lead and successfully manage the project on a freelance basis.

The successful applicant will have significant project management experience and an excellent understanding of both heritage projects and the LGBT+ community.

They will be expected to devote as much time as is necessary to ensure successful delivery of the project; implementing the project plan and meeting key agreed milestones.

The successful appointee should note that the time requirement for the role is likely to vary significantly to accommodate peaks in activity (e.g. LGBT history month), however overall we estimate this to comprise an average of 2-3 days/week throughout the project period.

The project will be based at Derbyshire LGBT+ premises in Derby and involve frequent evening and weekend work in and around Derby and Derbyshire, the East Midlands and nationwide.

– Project duration – 2 years. Extension of the appointment beyond the project period will be subject to funding.

– Location – the project will be delivered from the Derbyshire LGBT+ office in Derby with activities taking place around Derby and Derbyshire requiring frequent travel around the county and beyond. The successful applicant will be expected to work from the Derbyshire LGBT+ office at least once per week.

– Remuneration – £24,000 per annum fixed fee (excluding reasonable travel and expenses).

– Application deadline – applications must be received by 9am on 17 January 2016

Applicants are requested to submit their CV together with a supporting statement outlining how they meet the criteria for the post (2 sides maximum) to Andy Brown, Chair, at AndyB@derbyshirelgbt.org.uk


Project Support Office – Lincolnshire County Council
Closing date: 15th January
Job type: Full time
Salary: £21,745 – £23,935

The project, entitled ‘Lincolnshire: Bastion in the Air’, has an opening for a Project Support Officer to work on the project management and exhibition programme related to this World War One project.

To work within own area of responsibility to develop and deliver the exhibition programme. To be responsible for the co-ordination of the touring exhibition programme creating and co-ordinating a calendar of activity by working collaboratively with partners. Be responsible for developing new partnerships and venues for the exhibition programme.

This role may support multiple projects and will require a pragmatic mind set, a commitment to delivering quality and an ability to prioritise and problem solve.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Museum Consultant – Stoke Bruerne
Closing date: 13th Jan
Job type: Freelance

An Invitation to Tender dated 22 December 2016 will be issued to Consultants and Organisations who may be interested in providing consultation services to the Canal & River Trust in scoping an informed and costed Interpretation Strategy to be used for future applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund, for the development of Stoke Bruerne Canal Corridor and a Forward Plan, to be used to apply for museum accreditation for the Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum.

The project will run to 31 March 2017.

Full details are available by emailing: sarah.brown@canalrivertrust.org.uk.

Barrow Hill Roundhouse – Volunteers Opportunities
Closing date: On going
Job type: Volunteer

As part of our exciting project funded by Heritage Lottery, we are looking to recruit new volunteers onto our team.

We have a range of roles on offer including:

  •  Learning volunteers
  •  Costumed interpretation
  •  Events volunteers
  •  Site maintenance

Volunteers will also get the chance to be involved with projects at the Chesterfield Canal Trust Hub in Hollingwood.

If you are interested and would like to find out more, please contact Grace Escott Tebbutt.

Email: learning.barrowhill@gmail.com>

Tel: 01246 281635

Or download our leaflet: volunteer leaflet Barrow Hill

Board Member – Health and Safety: Nottingham Industrial Museum
Closing date: 20th Jan
Job type: Board Member – Volunteer

We are looking for a Board member to support/lead and execute our Health & Safety policies.

– To immediately implement the policies we have in place across the museum.

– To refresh them as and when new legislation arises.

– To advise on additional policies, considerations or areas of risk as our museum’s collection, and events schedule, develops.

– To be the first point of contact for any Health & Safety related issues or concerns.

The right candidate should have willingness to commit time for board meetings, implementing the policies in hand themselves and by delegating tasks to other volunteers.

Someone who listens well, is thoughtful in considering issues, and enjoys working with a diverse group of people.

The right candidate needs experience & knowledge of Health & Safety in the workplace (not specifically a museum, though that would be ideal), and have completed a NEBOSH / ISOSH qualification.

We are a newly formed Board, and one of the first museums in the East Midlands to be 100% volunteer-run and established as its own company, so this is a truly an exciting time to join us.

If you’re not sure it’s for you, ring us for a friendly, no commitment chat. Contact: Helen Bowen nim.marketing.comms@gmail.com

Do look at our website at  (please note its currently being upgraded)

If you’d like to apply, please send us a brief overview of your experience and skills, and why you’d like to undertake this opportunity.

Visitor Welcome Assistant – Delapre Abbey
Closing date: 20th Jan
Job type: Seasonal
Salary: £7.20ph

The Visitor Welcome team at Delapre Abbey will be the first people to meet and greet our new visitors as we open our newly restored building to the public for the first time in its 900 year old history.

Your role will be to make sure all our visitors are met with a warm welcome. You’ll mainly be working in our visitor reception or ‘Visitor Welcome’ space where you’ll be sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm for Delapre Abbey and its stories and actively promoting our events and activities.

About you:

– You’ll have excellent customer service skills

– You’ll enjoy speaking to the general public, children and young people

– You’ll have some experience of working in a shop and/ or heritage environment

– You’ll have some experience of handling cash and working with tills/ EPOS systems

– You’ll also be a team player

– You’ll have a passion for history and sharing your enthusiasm with others

Further information about the Abbey and the jobs, please visit our website.

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Strengthening the Voluntary Sector Programme

Second Round of programme launched
Deadline: 23rd January 2017

The Baring Foundation have announce the launch of a second round of funding in two open funds under the Strengthening the Voluntary Sector programme, launched in 2015. This programme supports effective use of the law and human rights based approaches by the voluntary sector in the United Kingdom to tackle discrimination and disadvantage. It is a collaboration with The Legal Education Foundation and The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

It focuses on activity in all countries of the United Kingdom. It does not support international work. The deadline for applications is 23 January. For more information, please visit their website.

Northern Museums Volunteer Pass 2017-19

Museum Development North West, Museum Development Yorkshire and Museum Development North East are running the Northern Volunteer Pass again and we are looking for museums to participate in the scheme.

  • What is it?
    • One of the largest Volunteer schemes in England:
      • over 150 participating institutions
      • over 6,000 participating volunteers
    • Allows your volunteers to gain various benefits at other participating museums
    • Open to ALL accredited museums, or those working towards accreditation, in the North East, North West and Yorkshire and Humberside Museum Development regions.
  • What’s the benefit to your museum?
    • Raises awareness of your museum. As one museum said “[the passes] market what’s on offer to future possible visitors” and another “[the pass] helps promote the region as a whole”.
    • Learning Opportunities. Museums said the benefits were::
      • “Opportunity to see other museums. Can pick up and bring back ideas”.
      • “A chance to appreciate what other museums are doing and generate new ideas”
      • “Way to keep up with what others are doing and reflect on our services”
    • Networking and Benchmarking. Museums said the benefits were:
      • to build understanding and make relationships to other museums. To see and learn from what other organisations are delivering. To be able to bench mark against what we deliver, and what we could deliver.”
      • “Being part of a museum community”
  • Where can you find out more about the Pink Pass?
    • Download the 2016 Pink Pass leaflet here to see the list of participating museums
    • Click on this link to download a pdf outlining the scheme, or you can contact Gillian Waters gillianwaters@ymt.org.uk
  • How can you sign up to the scheme?      
    • Complete the form on survey monkey to express your interest in the scheme