Volunteering with IWM North

Volunteers play a vital role at IWM North. We currently have over 60 wonderful volunteers working regularly on our galleries in a variety of roles.

Our volunteers:

  • Help visitors find their way around our unique building, answer visitor queries about the exhibitions and promote the daily events programme
  • Deliver short artefact handling sessions
  • Run the ‘Your History’ area, providing computer access to IWM collections and answering queries about military history and tracing military ancestry
  • Check tickets on entry to the Special Exhibition
  • Get involved in evening events and private views to launch new exhibitions
     

Current Volunteer opportunities

Eyewitness and Veterans Programme:

We want to hear from people who have direct experience of conflict, either as a civilian caught up in a conflict or as a member of the armed forces, who would be interested in finding out more about volunteering at the Museum.

As a volunteer you can get involved in museum events and programmes, engage with visitors on our galleries, and access opportunities and training. Volunteering is a great way to get more involved in your local community, build confidence and wellbeing, as well as sharing your stories and experience.

If you'd like to hear more, email us at volunteer.north@iwm.org.uk  or call us on 0161 836 4081.

Schools Meet and Greet:

 

We want schools to have a fantastic experience when they visit IWM North. We’re looking to recruit volunteers who are interested in supporting our school audiences.

You’ll be the first person meeting school groups, helping them find their way through our unique space, and giving a short introduction to the museum, our collections and one of the large objects on gallery.  

We’re looking for confident people who are excited about engaging with a diverse range of visitors (our school groups range in age from seven year olds to sixth formers!) We’d also welcome people with an interest in learning about 20th and 21st century history.

For more information please read our Role Description. To apply, visit: http://bttr.im/aog38

Previous Programmes:

if: Volunteering for wellbeing 2013 – 2017

From October 2013 – July 2017 IWM North and Manchester Museum delivered a volunteering, training and placement programme across 10 heritage venues in Greater Manchester. The project, if: Volunteering for wellbeing, or Inspiring futures (if) for short, is an exemplar in partnership working to tackle wellbeing inequalities.

The project trained and supported 260 participants to gain work experience, new skills, and improved health and wellbeing. 

Evaluation demonstrated significant improvements in participants’ mental and emotional health. It has led to improvements in their creativity, aspiration, life satisfaction, and social connections, and led to reductions in stress. To find out more about the success of the programme and read our evaluation report please visit www.volunteeringforwellbeing.org.uk .

if: Volunteering for wellbeing was made possible through a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.