Derby Museums


Welcome to our Volunteer Opportunities page! 

Here at the Derby Museums, we believe that the most meaningful partnerships are built upon active involvement, shared values and fun.  We are thrilled you’d like to join our team, it’s an exciting time to get involved and we hope you’ll feel as inspired as we are as you learn more about our projects and take your first steps to become part of the Derby Museums community. 

Please take a look at the opportunities and if anything appeals, please fill in our online application form. 

Most site Tours and Inductions for these opportunities are shared in the "Getting Started" section further below. Although some opportunities might have their own specific requirements and these will be specified within the role. 

Do also browse our "Co-production" section to have a look at opportunities open to everyone who wants to feed into our events, programmes and activities. 

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VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES

Visit Maker

 

Do you get a kick out of making someone’s day with a helping hand, a smidge of encouragement or a fantastic fact? This may be the role for you! Join the team that has been nominated for best welcome in the '2022 Museum & Heritage Awards' and share your time, knowledge and skills with visitors as they explore and ‘make’ around the museum.

Time commitment 

The Museum of Making is open from Tuesday to Sunday. We will work with you to accommodate your preferences and availability. 

Location 

The Museum of Making is open from Tuesday to Sunday. We hope you can give at least a couple of hours of your time to maximise your experience. Working with you to accommodate your preferences and availability. 

Tasks 

  • Providing a welcoming and friendly face to visitors

     

  • Engaging and conversing with visitors about our collections and interpretation

  • Signposting visitors to galleries, toilets or shops (or pointing out a friendly member of staff who can if you don’t know the answer!)

  • Helping visitors to use the Trailmaker points in the Assemblage collections space

  • Championing Derby Museums and being an ambassador for the aims and values of the Museum of Making

  • Telling stories and listening to stories from visitors

This role may be for you if you are: 

  • You enjoy talking and engaging with the general public
  • You like to hear and tell stories around our collections and the heritage of the building (our visitors have lots to tell!)
  • You are passionate about Derby Museums and would enjoy championing our collections, values and aims
  • You are a friendly and enthusiastic individual
  • You are interested in heritage and historic collections
  • You have a thirst for learning new things

This role can be combined with: 

  • public programming activities such as Tours or Lifelong learning activities 
  • gallery making
  • temporary exhibition support 

Training: 

We will provide you with training to ensure you feel happy, safe and confident in your role. Get an introduction to the spaces, people and the role by attending our site volunteer introductions.

Proposed dates for these are shared in the "Getting Started" section. Click on the link to browse available times or get in touch to explore alternatives. 

With you in mind: 

Count on our Visitor Experience Assistant Team and Site Managers to be your point of contact once in place.

The Co-production Volunteering Programme team, Pippa and Hope, manage your overall volunteering experience. Supporting you with Wellness Action Plans and/or Goal Setting Plans to discuss any physical, mental health or vocational needs or goals.   

Volunteering can help you to gain new skills, boost your confidence, make new friends, and feel connected to a community of people. It is rewarding to be part of a network of people supporting a charity by creating wonderful things and experiences together. We'll provide you with hot drinks, occasional biscuits, and reasonable travel expenses. 

Under wraps - Derby Egypt Exhibition

Under wraps for now...

Feel free to express your interest to supporting our Derby Egypt Exhibition in June - November 2024! More to be revealed from Easter 2024.

(Photograph by Rick Talby)

History Maker Volunteer

Encourage visitors to explore themes around what it means to be a history maker. 

History Makers: Unfolded aims to continue conversations begun in the previous History Makers exhibition, launched last year. It will consider what it means to be a history maker and challenge the historical record that often overlooks or misrepresents Derbyshire women and gender diverse history makers. 

Help create a wonderful welcome for visitors by encouraging them to have a go with gallery makes, being a listening ear for those that want to share stories of the history makers in their lives and tell stories about the collections on display.

Time commitment 

The Museum & Art Gallery is open from Tuesday to Sunday. We hope you can give at least a couple of hours of your time to maximise your experience. We will work with you to accommodate your preferences and availability. 

Location 

This role takes place primarily in the History Makers: Unfolded exhibition in the temporary exhibitions gallery at the Museum and Art Gallery.

What you may be doing:

  • Interact with visitors to the exhibition to tell stories around the collections on display

  • Be an attentive ear, learning with and from visitors who may want to contribute their story to the exhibition or talk about the history makers in their own lives

  • Encourage people to take part in the interactive elements of the exhibition, including making leaves remembering the history makers that have inspired us and green plaques to celebrate achievements of local people.

  • Promote activities, fundraising initiatives, events, and commercial events – acting as ambassadors for Derby Museums.

  • Be there for people. Proactively looking out for those who need assistance or guidance.

This role may be for you if you are: 

  • Friendly, helpful, and love talking to people and listening to their stories  

  • Wanting to engage and communicate with others and share knowledge, passion, enthusiasm and/or curiosity for the exhibition

  • Aware and sensitive towards the approach of the gallery – one that welcomes discussion, sharing and empathy   

  • Intrigued and excited to know more

  • Someone who takes pride and is enthusiastic for Derby and Derby Museums. 

This role can be combined with: 

  • public programming activities such as Lifelong learning activities 

  • gallery making

  • co-produced activities

Share with us any areas of personal interest that you want to develop, along with your existing experience, to work with you to create an enriching and meaningful role.  

Training: 

We will provide you with training to ensure you feel happy, safe and confident in your role. Get an introduction to the spaces, people and the role by attending our site volunteer introductions.

Proposed dates for these are shared in the "Getting Started" section. Click on the link to browse available times or get in touch to explore alternatives. 

Getting support: 

Count on our Visitor Experience Assistant Team and Site Managers to be your point of contact once in place. The Co-production Volunteering Programme team, Pippa and Hope, manage your overall volunteering experience. Supporting you with Wellness Action Plans and/or Goal Setting Plans to discuss any physical, mental health or vocational needs or goals.  

World Collections Champion


Support, promote and interpret the Objects of Love, Hope and Fear: A World Collection gallery, and engage with visitors so they feel inspired, feel curiosity of the world around them, and are intrigued by the co-production methodology used across Derby Museums.

Time commitment 

The Museum & Art Gallery is open from Tuesday to Sunday. We hope you can give at least a couple of hours of your time to maximise your experience. Working with you to accommodate your preferences and availability. 

Location 

This role takes place primarily in Objects of Love, Hope and Fear: A World Collection gallery at the Museum and Art Gallery, although Object Walks can happen across all galleries.  

Tasks 

  • Interact with people around the museum to share your passion, knowledge, enthusiasm or curiosity for the World Cultures collections - at times, taking objects from our collection 'on a walk'
  • Be an attentive ear. Learning with and from visitors, helping Derby Museums become a better civic site. Engaging with curious visitors through sharing knowledge, curiosities, anecdotes, personal favourites, hidden features, co-production insight and other unexpected delights.
  • Safely elicit curious conversations with visitors, being prepared for difficult questions on challenging moments in our history, characters or collections. 
  • Join the team in making sure all areas are clean and tidy, ensuring all spaces are welcoming, safe and ready for visitors.
  • Promote activities, fundraising initiatives, events, and commercial events – acting as ambassadors for Derby Museums.
  • Be there for people. Proactively looking out for those who need assistance or guidance.

This role may be for you if you are: 

  • Friendly, helpful, and love talking to people and listening to their stories  
  • Wanting to engage and communicate with others and share knowledge, passion, enthusiasm and/or curiosity for world cultures
  • Aware and sensitive towards the approach of the gallery – one that welcomes discussion, sharing and empathy   
  • Intrigued and excited to know more
  • Someone who takes pride and is enthusiastic for Derby and Derby Museums. 

This role can be combined with: 

  • public programming activities such as Tours or Lifelong learning activities 
  • gallery making
  • co-produced activities
  • temporary exhibition support 

Share with us any areas of personal interest that you want to develop, along with your existing experience, to work with you to create an enriching and meaningful role.  

Training: 

We will provide you with training to ensure you feel happy, safe and confident in your role. Get an introduction to the spaces, people and the role by attending our site volunteer introductions.

Proposed dates for these are shared in the "Getting Started" section. Click on the link to browse available times or get in touch to explore alternatives. 

Getting support: 

Count on our Visitor Experience Assistant Team and Site Managers to be your point of contact once in place. The Co-production Volunteering Programme team, Pippa and Hope, manage your overall volunteering experience. Supporting you with Wellness Action Plans and/or Goal Setting Plans to discuss any physical, mental health or vocational needs or goals.   

Volunteering can help you to gain new skills, boost your confidence, make new friends, and feel connected to a community of people. It is rewarding to be part of a network of people supporting a charity by creating wonderful things and experiences together. We'll provide you with hot drinks, occasional biscuits, and travel expenses (up to the value of £7 and with the provision of a receipt). 

Nature Ambassador

Inspire people so they leave appreciating and admiring the natural world around them by supporting us within the Notice Nature Feel Joy gallery. 

Time commitment 

The Museum & Art Gallery is open from Tuesday to Sunday. We hope you can give at least a couple of hours of your time to maximise your experience. Working with you to accommodate your preferences and availability. 

Location 

This role takes place primarily in Notice Nature Feel Joy gallery at the Museum and Art Gallery, although Object Walks can happen across all galleries.  

What you may be doing:

  • Interact with people around the museum to share your passion, knowledge, enthusiasm or curiosity for the nature based collections - at times use our handling collections to inspire visitors!
  • Be an attentive ear. Learning with and from visitors, helping Derby Museums become a better civic site. Engaging with curious visitors through sharing knowledge, curiosities, anecdotes, personal favourites, hidden features, co-production insight and other unexpected delights.
  • Join the team in making sure all areas are clean and tidy, ensuring all spaces are welcoming, safe and ready for visitors.
  • Promote activities, fundraising initiatives, events, and commercial events – acting as ambassadors for Derby Museums.
  • Be there for people. Proactively looking out for those who need assistance or guidance.

This role may be for you if you are: 

  • Friendly, helpful, and love talking to people and listening to their stories  
  • Wanting to engage and communicate with others and share knowledge, passion, enthusiasm and/or curiosity for the natural collections
  • Aware and sensitive towards the approach of the gallery – one that welcomes discussion, sharing and empathy   
  • Intrigued and excited to know more
  • Someone who takes pride and is enthusiastic for Derby and Derby Museums. 

This role can be combined with: 

  • public programming activities such as Tours or Lifelong learning activities 
  • gallery making
  • co-produced activities
  • temporary exhibition support 

Share with us any areas of personal interest that you want to develop, along with your existing experience, to work with you to create an enriching and meaningful role.  

Training: 

We will provide you with training to ensure you feel happy, safe and confident in your role. Get an introduction to the spaces, people and the role by attending our site volunteer introductions.

Proposed dates for these are shared in the "Getting Started" section. Click on the link to browse available times or get in touch to explore alternatives. 

Getting support: 

Count on our Visitor Experience Assistant Team and Site Managers to be your point of contact once in place. The Co-production Volunteering Programme team, Pippa and Hope, manage your overall volunteering experience. Supporting you with Wellness Action Plans and/or Goal Setting Plans to discuss any physical, mental health or vocational needs or goals.   

Getting Started / Training

Here you'll find our list of site inductions and informal volunteering chats. Site or project inductions are needed before volunteering in some of our roles, so be sure to book one when the role description says it's required- otherwise you won't be able to see the opportunities!

Activity Shifts Start End
Museum and Art Gallery Site Induction 1 3/13/2024 3/13/2024
Museum of Making + Lego Lakes Site Induction 1 3/7/2024 3/7/2024

Co-production Volunteering