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Volunteer Programme

Birmingham Museums Trust values the tremendous contribution that volunteers make to our service and we have an exciting programme of volunteer opportunities across all of our museum sites.

Volunteer opportunities will be shown here. 

Current Volunteer Vacancies

Gallery Interpreter (Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery)

We are currently recruiting for people with a passion for museums and art galleries to join our team of Gallery Interpreters to welcoming and engage with our visitors. If you are confident, friendly, approachable and have a keen interest in history or art then maybe this is the role for you! We’re looking for people who can come and join us for one day (or half day) per week and you’ll be volunteering in a variety of galleries each month, to suit your skills and interests. Our volunteers currently spend time in the Birmingham Histories Galleries, the Pre-Raphaelite Galleries, the Staffordshire Hoard Gallery and across our temporary exhibitions too (such as Marvellous Machines). Training is provided, alongside reading materials on each of the galleries so if you want to help us enhance the visitor experience here at Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery then we want to hear from you. You can find out more by reading our role description.

Applications Close: 8th September

You’ll need to be available for the following dates: 
Selection Day: 23rd September
Training: 7th October

If you are interested in joining the team then please apply using this application form and return it to Alex.Nicholson-Evans@birminghammuseums.org.uk or by post to: Alex Nicholson-Evans, Volunteer Development Officer, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3DH.


Google Art Assistant (Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery)

Are you passionate about Art History? Are you good with computers? Would you enjoy researching our collections and maybe even creating your own virtual exhibitions? If this sounds like your kind of project then why not join our Digital team as our Google Art Assistant! For more information read our role description.

Applications close on 26th August

Informal interviews will take place on 29th August with Induction training on 3rd September.

If you are interested in joining the team then please apply using this application form and return it to Alex.Nicholson-Evans@birminghammuseums.org.uk or by post to: Alex Nicholson-Evans, Volunteer Development Officer, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3DH.


Silver Project Conservation Assistant

Do you have an interest in conservation and collections care? Would you enjoy helping us to tackle a big project to ensure our silver collection is well looked after? If you enjoy learning new skills and have great attention to detail then we want to hear from you. We are looking for a small group of volunteers to come and help us with this project once a week (on a Wednesday). So if you have a bit of time to give and want to support your local museum then take a look at our role description and apply today.

Applications close: 12th September

Interviews will take place on 22nd September with induction on 29th September.

If you are interested in joining the team then please apply using this application form and return it to Alex.Nicholson-Evans@birminghammuseums.org.uk or by post to: Alex Nicholson-Evans, Volunteer Development Officer, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3DH.


Ignite Forum Members (Thinktank)

We are currently welcoming new members to Ignite, our forum for young people. If you are aged between 16 and 24 and want to get involved in creating exhibitions, designing activities, advising museum staff and running events then why not join Ignite? It’s a great chance to get involved in your local science museum, do some volunteering and meet new people. For more information read the role description.

You don’t need to apply, just register your interest using our registration form and then come along to our open meeting on Saturday 6th September from 12–3pm.  

We are limited by numbers for our Ignite Forum volunteers so we operate on a first come first served basis. Register today to avoid disappointment! Please return your form to Alex Nicholson-Evans: Alex.Nicholson-Evans@birminghammuseums.org.uk by the 5th September at 9am. 


If you are keen to volunteer but none of our current opportunities take your fancy why not sign up to our volunteering interest list? Just send an email to: Alex.Nicholson-Evans@birminghammuseums.org.uk asking to be added to the list and we’ll keep you updated as and when we list new volunteering roles.


We have signed up to the National Heritage Volunteering Charter (NHVC) which ensures volunteers are well managed and volunteering programmes are well structured. The Charter is a best practice standard based on eight key principles which help to give volunteers a great experience when volunteering in Heritage organisations. You can find out more about the NHVC by following @HeritageVols on twitter or visiting their blog.