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

Volunteer opportunities

Digital Support Volunteer- War Memorials Register

IWM's War Memorials Register (WMR) is compiling an online record of all war memorials in the UK together with the names of the people who they commemorate. Over 70,000 memorials are already online.

We are seeking volunteers to input paper reports and names from memorials onto the database.

One day a week, Monday to Friday, opportunities run until March 2019, at least.

Contact: Ian Hook,  


Seasonal volunteering

We are fully subscribed for volunteers at the moment. Watch this space for future seasonal opportunities.

if: Volunteering for wellbeing 2013 – 2016

From October 2013 – December 2016 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, can be viewed as 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 read about the success of the programme and read our evaluation report please visit www.volunteeringforwellbeing.org.uk .

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