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

Seasonal volunteering

We will be recruiting volunteers for our busy summer period from July – September 2017. If you would like to be considered for the summer role you will required to attend the museum once a week from the start of July – 3 September 2017. 
If you would like to be considered please email Matt Draper mdraper@iwm.org.uk to register your interest. We will invite those interested to an information day in May 2017. 


Student Placement, Lives of the First World War

We are looking for a student aged 18 and above to support IWM's Lives of the First World War. The successful applicant will be provided with training to research and update our permanent digital memorial to those who served during the First World War.

To be considered for this student placement you must be able to attend the museum once a week from 26 June to 1 September 2017. For further details, please download the full student placement description.

To apply for this student placement, download our application form and email your completed form to cczyzyk@iwm.org.uk before 5.00pm on Friday 7 April 2017, We will be holding interviews with shortlisted candidates at IWM North during the week of 24 April 2017.


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.