Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums


We are Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums and we run nine galleries and museums across the North East:

  • Arbeia Roman Fort & Museum   
  • Discovery Museum
  • Great North Museum: Hancock
  • Hatton Gallery
  • 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 strength 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!



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.

Ready to get started?  Register as a volunteer now.

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

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Great North Museum: Hancock

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Roles available at Great North Museum: Hancock

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Laing Art Gallery

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Volunteer opportunities at Laing Art Gallery

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Shipley Art Gallery

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Stephenson Steam Railway

Volunteer roles at Stephenson Railway Museum

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.

We are always looking for interested people who can spare some time. There are a wide range of volunteering opportunities available, covering virtually every aspect of the Railway Museums activities. Whilst some roles require a significant time commitment and training, others do not. If you want to get your hands dirty, there are plenty of opportunities to do that, but if manual work is not for you, there are other voluntary opportunities to be involved with.

Volunteering presents you with the opportunity to meet new people, from all walks of life, gain worthwhile skills and results in a real sense of achievement. Working groups are usually held on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9.30am - 2.00pm with train operations and running days on Sundays,Bank Holidays and some Thursdays from Easter to November.

Tasks include:

Railway Operational staff including guards, operations controllers, ticket inspectors, footplate crew; steam and engineering maintenance, track maintenance; painting and gardening or, keeping the site tidy.

Personal qualities required/preferred:

Volunteers are constantly under the public gaze, so personal appearance is important. As well as having significant safety responsibilities, you must also have good communications and personal skills, both for dealing with colleagues and the general public.

Training of volunteer: Training is available for all of these jobs, some training may take hours, for others years are required.

To find out more, please contact volunteering@twmuseums.org.uk or call (0191) 277 2299

For Railway Operating volunteering, please call David Grindley, Engineering & Railway Operations Manager for an informal chat on 0191 200 7146 or email david.grindley@twmuseums.org.uk

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

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Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums mission statement

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.