Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

TWAM Venue Drawing

Welcome to TWAM Volunteering

We are Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and we manage nine museums and galleries across the North East. Our venues are:

  • Arbeia South Shields Roman Fort   
  • Discovery Museum
  • Great North Museum: Hancock
  • Hatton
  • Laing Art Gallery
  • Segedunum Roman Fort
  • Shipley Art Gallery
  • South Shields Museum & Art Gallery
  • Stephenson Steam Railway 
  • Tyne & Wear Archives

One of our most important aims is to make a positive difference in people’s lives through the exhibitions, programmes and services we deliver.

This is where you come in.

Volunteers are essential to the work that we do. You can help to ensure that all of our museums and galleries are innovative, imaginative, creative, totally inclusive, secure and sustainable.

In turn, we hope volunteering will help you to develop new skills and interests, meet friendly, like-minded people, gain confidence and a sense of well-being, and even strengthen your CV.

We want all our volunteers to have an enjoyable and rewarding time and to feel part of the team that delivers a world class museums service to the communities of the North East and beyond.


So why not come and join us?


Getting Started


Use this space to find out about new opportunities to volunteer and make a positive contribution to our museums and galleries. We'll be adding new opportunities all the time, making it easier for you to get involved, whether you have 10 minutes to spare or want to volunteer with us on a weekly basis.

Please note - The Volunteer team is currently short staffed so there may be delays in responding to queries, we will reply as soon as possible. 

Ready to get started? Register as a volunteer now.


Work Experience - Update 23/6/21

We are currently receiving a number of enquiries about work experience, but as our venues reopen, many of our staff remain working from home at least some of the time. We hope to be able to respond to enquiries soon but please bear with us as we transition to new ways of working in our wonderful museums and galleries. We will ensure that the information is kept up to date and let you know when we are accepting applications again.


Want to know more?  Get in touch with Anita, our friendly Volunteer Coordinator.

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Arbeia Roman Fort

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Volunteer opportunities at Arbeia Roman Fort

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Gardening - Roman Herb garden 1

Discovery Museum

Roles available at the Discovery Museum

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Learning, Discovery 0 11/20/2021 11/20/2021
Learning, Discovery - Family Activity Assistant 1 10/30/2021 10/30/2021

Great North Museum: Hancock

Great North Museum: Hancock drawing

Roles available at Great North Museum: Hancock

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Log a Wildlife Sighting 1

Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum

Volunteer roles at Segedunum Roman Fort

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Gardening - Roman Herb garden 1

Stephenson Steam Railway

Volunteer roles at Stephenson Steam Railway 

Volunteers are needed to help maintain and operate our heritage railway, the North Tyneside Steam Railway, which runs passenger trains on selected days from Easter until early November.

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Footplate department - Cleaner / Trainee 1
Footplate department - Diesel Driver and Diesel Second Man 1
Footplate department - Driver 1
Footplate department - Fireman 1
Operations Department - Duty Operations Manager 1
Operations Department - Passenger Guard 1
Operations Department - Passenger Guard 1
Operations Department - Station Staff & Station Foreman 1
Track Maintenance 1
Waggonway Tea Room - Tea Room Caterers 1
Workshop 1

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

This category is for volunteer opportunities that are not venue specific but are core to the entire organisation.

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Beamish Large Object Store Clean up 1
Corporate, Write a Review 1
Remote digital, Dive In 1
Remote Digital, Post a Photo 1
Remote digital, TWEET TWEET 1

Our mission

Our mission...
is to help people determine their place in the world and define their identities, so enhancing their self-respect and their respect for others.