Volunteering

We have a team of volunteers who make a great contribution to all areas of the Museum in a range of diverse roles, but we are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our team.

On this page, you will find a description of the roles that keep the museum open, the recruitment process and some frequently asked questions. If we haven’t answered your question here, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the museum or via our contact form.

Why volunteer?

  • Share your skills and knowledge
  • Learn new skills
  • Make new friends
  • Gain valuable personal development
  • Become part of a friendly team
  • Strengthen your CV

Volunteer roles

As Nottingham Industrial Museum works to deliver its strategic aim of creating exciting and relevant experiences that move, teach and inspire our increasingly diverse audience, we are organising ourselves to be more effective. The teams listed here represent our new organisation structure. We ask all volunteers to sign up for one or more of the following teams. At the same time, we are flexible, any time you can spare will be gratefully received.

Marketing and communications

The Marketing team develops and delivers the materials we use to get the museum into the public eye. The team covers merchandising, social and traditional media, the website and the design of displays and signage. This is a new and growing team – do you have skills to contribute in this area?

Visitor experience

The Visitor Experience team makes sure that every visitor to the museum enjoys their visit as well as learning more about our industrial heritage. As well as curating the collection with the Nottingham City Council Curator, the team provides events, demonstrations and costumed historical interpreters. This is a new and growing team – do you have skills to contribute in this area?

Learning and outreach

The museum is a fantastic resource for educators and the local community. The Learning and Outreach team is devising a high-quality education programme and engages the wider community through special events. This is a new and growing team – do you have skills to contribute in this area?

Volunteering and engagement

As one of the longest established teams, Volunteering and Engagement make sure that the museum runs smoothly.

Engagement volunteers staff 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.

The Volunteer team manages the recruitment of volunteers from running Volunteer Open Days and publicising volunteering opportunities through to processing applications and carrying out inductions. They also provide training and administration support for the whole volunteer body. While this team is well established we are always on the lookout for people with skills in this area.

Operations

The Operations team comprises the founding Nottingham Arkwright Society volunteers, in addition to those who wish to learn how to maintain, clean and operate the working exhibits, primarily in the Steam Hall, Forge and Workshop. They love to talk with visitors about the machines and to answer any questions.

The Operations team also manages technical projects, be that restoring an artefact or providing visitor information in new and exciting ways. Anybody with an interest in restoring, maintaining or operating our collection of working exhibits is welcome to join this team.

Health and safety

With so much moving machinery and large numbers of exciting artefacts, we have to take extra care of our visitors and volunteers. The Health and Safety team help us understand our obligations and the best way to ensure safety. This is a new and growing team – do you have skills to contribute in this area?

What is the recruitment process?

Step 1 – Apply

Please complete a Volunteer Application Form and return by email or post to the address on the application form. Click here to download a Volunteering Application Form.

Step 2 – Informal interview

Once you have returned your completed application form we will get in touch with you to arrange a time for an informal interview at the museum. We will get back to you within three weeks.

Step 3 – References

For all volunteering roles, you will be asked to provide details of two referees who can provide a written reference.

Step 4 – Arrange Start Date

Once your application been accepted by the Board of Directors, the Volunteer Coordinator will arrange a start date convenient to you and the team you will be working with.

Step 5 – Induction and trial period

You will receive a warm welcome from our volunteers and an induction into your role (including a Health and Safety briefing). After your first four weeks of volunteering, the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to make sure you are happy in your role.

Frequently Asked Questions – Volunteering

How old do you have to be to volunteer? You must be over 15 years old to volunteer.

Does the Museum pay expenses? We are sorry but we don’t currently pay transport, subsistence or childcare costs.

Do volunteers have to commit to a certain number of hours/days? No. We appreciate any amount of time you can give us as a volunteer, and while we would ask you to let us know when you will be coming in, there is no need to commit to a fixed amount of time.

Is any experience required? No, we do not require any specific experience for volunteering roles. The museum will provide training as required.

If you have any questions about how to apply form or volunteering, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator by email or visit the museum.

We look forward to welcoming you as a Volunteer at Nottingham Industrial Museum.