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.

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.



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Great North Museum: Hancock

Great North Museum: Hancock drawing

Roles available at Great North Museum: Hancock

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Baby Takeover Support Volunteer 3 1/5/2024 1/12/2024
ERIC Field Survey volunteers 1
Log a Wildlife Sighting 1
Toddler Takeover Support Volunteer 3 11/28/2023 12/8/2023

Hatton Art Gallery

Hatton Colin DavisonVolunteer Opportunities at Hatton Art Gallery

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Matt Rugg Exhibition Gallery Invigilator 55 11/28/2023 1/13/2024

South Shields Museum & Art Gallery

South Shields

Volunteer roles at South Shields Museum and Art Gallery

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Scran! Stories Event Support 0 11/30/2023 11/30/2023

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.

Activity Shifts Start End
Learning and communities woodland walk support 1
Train Operations 1
Waggonway Tea Room - Tea Room Assistants 1
Woodland Walk Gardening and Design 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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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.