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Discover more about volunteering at the Museum


Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do at Manchester Museum and we offer a variety of ways to get involved. It is a rewarding experience where you can share in the work we do, learn how we deliver this work and the ethos and vision that motivates us.

We have over 200 volunteers at the museum, who contribute over 10,000 hours to the museum every year. Here are some of the many ways you can be part of this.

Visitor Engagement

Object handling, where collections are brought to life every day to inspire the curiosity of our visitors, is our most popular role. We currently have six themed handling tables in our galleries: Ancient Egypt, Living Worlds, Money, Manchester Gallery and Palaeontology. In addition, we have our Live Animals experience and Nature Discovery handling table aimed at young families as well as handling collections themed around current temporary exhibitions.

Supporting the Learning or Engagement teams

The museum offers an extensive programme of events, activities and learning opportunities which enhance our current exhibitions and animate our collections. Volunteers in our Learning and Engagement teams are involved in facilitating a wide range of creative workshops and activities with all age groups. This can range from volunteering in The Study to supporting visiting schools or helping at family, adult and outreach events.

Behind the scenes

A small number of volunteers are involved behind the scenes working alongside staff to provide important support. Roles include: labelling, cataloguing and assisting with projects relating to our collections.

Volunteering at the museum is a great way to meet new people. There are regular occasions for volunteers to meet socially, as well as plenty of opportunities to try new things.

How to apply

If you are curious about being part of the museums volunteer team and would like details of the next recruitment or further information please get in touch at museumvolunteers@manchester.ac.uk or call us on 0161 275 2473

We look forward to welcoming you to the museum and don’t worry if you don’t have any previous experience of volunteering; we also want to hear from volunteers who can bring their own experiences and skills to the role.

As part of The University of Manchester, the Museum is committed to lifelong learning and constantly seeks to provide exciting opportunities and innovative ways to involve volunteers. Our most recent project is if: Volunteering for Wellbeing supported by Heritage Lottery Fund, please visit the if: Volunteering for Wellbeing project website for further information.