Volunteering

Get Involved! - in a range of exciting opportunities as a volunteer

Unfortunately our premises are closed at the moment, so we can't welcome you through the doors! Do get in touch if you're interested in getting involved with one of our great opportunities to volunteer once we're open again.

If you are one of our current volunteers and would like to share your experiences, please get in touch with

Libraries, Museums and Galleries [email protected]  t: 01274 436027

Volunteers contribute to museums and galleries in many different ways, from engaging directly with visitors to working behind the scenes with exhibitions, events and collections teams. They help to provide valuable services that we would not otherwise be able to provide.

Could you support our work by sponsoring, donating or volunteering? All opportunities have flexible commitment requirements and aim to provide a rewarding and enriching experience for all.

Corporate Volunteering - Share your team, resources and expertise!

Many businesses offer their employees an opportunity to volunteer in work time.

This is known as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) or Employer Supported Volunteering and it can include fundraising for a group or even sharing expertise, resources and volunteering.

It can be a great way to support your civic museums/galleries and give your staff a rewarding and fulfilling experience in beautful, unique spaces. Staff can volunteer independently or as part of a volunteer workplace scheme. It could be as part of a team away day or team building experience with colleagues.

Talk to us if your business or group would like to volunteer or if your organisation could benefit from business volunteering.

Sonja Kielty, Volunteer Co-Ordinator, Libraries, Museums and Galleries [email protected]  t: 01274 436027 Mob: 07976 747341

Read blogs by previous BMG volunteers and interns below:

https://www.bradfordmuseums.org/blog/first-day-invigilating/

https://www.bradfordmuseums.org/blog/never-too-late-for-new-experiences-and-new-ambitions/ 

https://www.bradfordmuseums.org/blog/clangers-bagpuss-co-on-tour/  Clangers, Bagpuss and Co, Museum of Childhood, V&A

 

https://www.bradfordmuseums.org/blog/internships-cat-scott-exhibitions-and-events/ Cat Scott with Tony Bevan, painter

 

https://www.bradfordmuseums.org/blog/more-from-annabel/ Annebel Owens with Nancy Honey, photographer

 

https://www.bradfordmuseums.org/blog/bradford-young-open-2015/ Emily Friedel with Young Open

https://www.bradfordmuseums.org/blog/a-year-of-incredible-experiences/ Sam Pickard with Knit, Crafts Council; Gruffalo and South Square Art Gallery

https://www.bradfordmuseums.org/blog/meet-our-community-engagement-intern/ Esther with Gruffalo and Julia Donaldson

https://www.bradfordmuseums.org/blog/technical-assistant-trainee-salma-patel/  Salma Patel with David Hepher; painter and Flowers Gallery;  Animal Craft exhibition and Bradford Open.

 


Volunteer Gallery Enabler

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery

We are seeking to recruit a team of volunteer gallery enablers to support visitors with access to our exhibition galleries.

Responsibilites

  • maintain the interactives throughout the day eg. tidy gallery interactives, toy, books etc.
  • prepping of materials for family and school activities

  • be available to assist and direct visitors in the gallery and answer questions as appropriate
  • ensure proper behaviour in the gallery to maintain a warm, fun, welcoming atmosphere for all our visitors and their children.

Training

You will receive an induction necessary to the role including full health and safety. All short-listed applicants will be required to attend a short, informal interview.

Please get in touch if you are:

  • are interested in supporting families and children
  • feel comfortable coming into contact with and communicating with members of the public and specifically parents and carers
  • have good interpersonal skills
  • can follow instructions and safety procedures
  • are keen to learn
  • work well with others in a team
  • are reliable, trustworthy and punctual
  • are willing to abide by the Council's code of conduct for volunteers and staff
  • are resident in the UK or in possession of a suitable visa for study or work

 How to apply:

A Volunteer Code and Policy can be obtained by ringing the gallery on 01274 431212 and will be available at the interview as well.

Please send your registered interest to:

Sonja Kielty, Volunteer Co-Ordinator Libraries, Museums and Galleries, Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Lister Park, Bradford

BD9 4NS Or email: [email protected]

Apply now

Café Volunteer

The Refreshment Room, Cartwright Hall Art Gallery

Responsibilities

  • To work under the supervision of museum café staff
  • To set up the up the café at the start of the.
  • To create a warm, friendly welcome to the café
  • To serve food and drink
  • To take cash payment and give change
  • To keep the café clean and tidy throughout the days service e.g. clear and wipe tables
  • To help with the cleaning up throughout the service and at the end of the session
  • To work according to agreed food hygiene and healthy and safety guidelines

Training and support

You will be given a full induction to the site and training by a member of staff in all aspects of the role. Aprons, gloves and all necessary equipment will be provided. The Catering Manager  will be working with you and will be in a position of responsibility for your work.

Person specification

This role is suitable for people who

  • Are interested in supporting Cartwright Hall Art Gallery
  • Enjoy communicating with members of the public
  • Have good interpersonal skills
  • Can follow instructions and safety procedures
  • Are keen to learn and are willing to receive specialist training  
  • Work well with others in a team
  • Are reliable, trustworthy and punctual
  • Are willing to abide by our code of conduct for volunteers

How to apply

If you are interested in this role, please send your completed application form to Sonja Kielty, Volunteer Co-Ordinator, Libraries, Museums and Galleries, [email protected]

Apply now

Volunteer Gallery Enabler

Bolling Hall Museum

We are seeking to recruit a team of volunteer gallery assistants to support visitors with access to our school holiday family activities.

Responsibilites

  • maintain the interactives throughout the day eg. tidy gallery interactives, toy, books etc.
  • prepping of materials for family and school activities
  • be available to assist and direct visitors with craft materials and activity, answer questions as appropriate
  • ensure proper behaviour in the gallery to maintain a warm, fun, welcoming atmosphere for all our visitors and their children.

Training

You will receive an induction necessary to the role including full health and safety. All short-listed applicants will be required to attend a short, informal interview.

Please get in touch if you are:

  • are interested in supporting families and children
  • feel comfortable coming into contact with and communicating with members of the public and specifically parents and carers
  • have good interpersonal skills
  • can follow instructions and safety procedures
  • are keen to learn
  • work well with others in a team
  • are reliable, trustworthy and punctual
  • are willing to abide by the Council's code of conduct for volunteers and staff
  • are resident in the UK or in possession of a suitable visa for study or work

 How to apply:

A Volunteer Code and Policy can be obtained by ringing the gallery on 01274 431826 and will be available at the interview as well.

Please send your registered interest to:

Sonja Kielty, Volunteer Co-Ordinator Libraries, Museums and Galleries, Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Lister Park, Bradford

BD9 4NS Or email: [email protected]

Apply now

Volunteer Gardener

Bradford Industrial Museum or Bolling Hall Museum

Join Head Volunteer Gardener, Helen and support her gardening expertise. Beginners welcome, as are those with fantastic experience.

  • To work under the supervision of museum staff
  • To help maintain the grounds and gardens of museum sites by tidying, weeding, pruning and planting in specific areas
  • To receive training as necessary
  • To carry out these tasks according to agreed health and safety guidelines

For more information, contact Sonja, on: 

[email protected]    T: 01274 436027

Thank you so much for giving your time to volunteer for Bradford Museums and Galleries.

We hope you enjoy it!

Apply now

Volunteer Weaver

Bradford Industrial Museum

We need your help to run and maintain our 19th and early 20th century textile machinery. We’re looking for volunteers to help operate and maintain the looms and textile machines that are part of Bradford Museums Designated Textile Collection along with other types of historic textile processing equipment.

You will help bring our machinery to life, informing visitors about the history and technology of the weaving industry and the Museum’s collection of textile machinery. You will be supported and advised by the Collections & Conservation Team in historically relevant information and caring for working museum collections.

You will be willing to share technical knowledge / experience with other team members and volunteers and assist with training to operate various machines.

You will assist in ensuring the security of the museum, its collections and equipment, public/visitors and staff by invigilating the museum and supervising visitors as appropriate, in the Spinning and Weaving Gallery.

  • Experience of operating and maintaining textile machinery.

  • Demonstrated mechanical aptitude and problem-solving skills

  • Basic engineering skills and abilities

  • practical experience of working with textiles

  • Good people skills enabling strong relationships both internally and externally.

  • Knowledge of health & safety compliance requirements

How to apply:

A Volunteer Code and Policy can be obtained by ringing the gallery on 01274 431212 and will be available at the interview as well.

Please send your registered interest to:

Sonja Kielty, Volunteer Co-Ordinator Libraries, Museums and Galleries, Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Lister Park, Bradford, BD9 4NS

Or email: [email protected]

Apply now