Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

TWAM Venue Drawing

Welcome to Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums Volunteering

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (or TWAM) manage ten museums and galleries across the North East. The venues are:

  • Arbeia South Shields Roman Fort (South Shields)  
  • Discovery Museum (Newcastle upon Tyne)
  • Great North Museum: Hancock (Newcastle upon Tyne)
  • Hatton (Newcastle upon Tyne)
  • Laing Art Gallery (Newcastle upon Tyne)
  • Segedunum Roman Fort (Wallsend)
  • Shipley Art Gallery (Gateshead)
  • South Shields Museum & Art Gallery (South Shields)
  • Stephenson Steam Railway (North Shields)
  • Tyne & Wear Archives (based in the Discovery Museum)

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, or curriculum vitae.

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. New opportunities will be added regularly, making it easier for you to get involved, whether you have 10 minutes to spare or want to volunteer on a weekly basis.

Ready to get started? Register as a volunteer now.



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Arbeia Roman Fort

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Volunteer opportunities at Arbeia Roman Fort

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Site Champion (Buildings) 0
Site Champion (Grounds) 1

Discovery Museum

Roles available at the Discovery Museum

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Discovery Learning - Family Challenge Support 5 7/23/2024 8/27/2024
Discovery Learning - Sparks Club Support 1 7/22/2024 8/19/2024
Gallery Engager 5 6/21/2024 6/23/2024

Great North Museum: Hancock

Great North Museum: Hancock drawing

Roles available at Great North Museum: Hancock

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Baby Takeover Support Volunteer 1 7/5/2024 7/5/2024
Festival of Archaeology Family Event Support 2 7/23/2024 7/24/2024
Gallery Steward - Culture Match 7 7/25/2024 7/28/2024
Log a Wildlife Sighting 1
Summer Family Activities Support 87 7/20/2024 9/1/2024

Shipley Art Gallery

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Family Arts Festival Support - School Holidays 7 7/25/2024 8/29/2024

South Shields Museum & Art Gallery

South Shields

Volunteer roles at South Shields Museum and Art Gallery

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Gallery Steward- South Shields 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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Learning and communities woodland walk support 1
Train Operations 1
Waggonway Tea Room - Tea Room Assistants 1
Woodland Walk Gardening and Design 1

Our mission

Our mission is to welcome and connect people to the past, present and future of the North East through stories, shared spaces and experiences.


We will help people understand and act on local and global challenges: 

  • Equality – we will provide a warm welcome to everyone, break down barriers caused by inequality and discrimination and share diverse stories.  
  • Wellbeing – we will use our spaces and services to support people’s physical and mental health.  
  • Social mobility – we will deliver learning experiences, volunteering opportunities and pathways for personal development for people of all ages and backgrounds.  
  • Climate – we will raise awareness about the environment and encourage people to act for a sustainable future.  
  • Place – we will celebrate North East England, inspire local pride and use our resources to support research, innovation and economic regeneration.