Volunteer with us

Volunteers are a valued part of our team at Thackray. We’d love to hear from you, whether you’re hoping to gain experience of the museum sector or put your existing skills to use helping others. New volunteering opportunities are advertised here regularly, as well as on our social media channels.

Hidden History Researcher

Three students stood in the collection stores at Thackray Museum, looking at a table of historical objects.

Do you enjoy researching historical or contemporary medical stories, or uncovering the fascinating people associated with museum objects? Would you like to help us tell a richer, more balanced story of medicine by revealing underrepresented narratives? 

Hidden Histories is a project which aims to highlight medical stories which have often gone untold. Volunteers will conduct independent research around objects, books and archival materials in our collection, and will write up this research into reader-friendly paragraphs.

Final date for submission: Midnight on Thursday 8 August 2024 

Start date: September 2024

Benefits of volunteering

Volunteering at the Thackray Museum provides experience of an entry-level heritage role within a busy and exciting visitor attraction. There is plenty of scope for personal development as you increase your knowledge of the museum sector. As valued members of our team, volunteers receive:

  • Travel expenses.
  • An induction, training and supervision.
  • Invitations to special events.

We welcome everybody, so talk to us about how we can work together to keep inclusion at the heart of what we do.

Existing and past roles

Recruiting: Currently closed but check back for future opportunities.

Visitor engagement: Volunteers bring character and warmth to our museum by welcoming and directing visitors, talking about exhibits, and encouraging people to take part in activities.

Archives and collections: Behind the scenes, our staff work with volunteers on projects involving cataloguing objects, updating records, and caring for the many items in our collection. 

Young people’s learning: Teachers and learners come to the Thackray almost every day. Our volunteers are around to greet them, support school sessions, and prepare resources for activities aimed at all age groups.

Heritage: Volunteer researchers have pieced together the histories of hundreds of residents of the Leeds Union Workhouse (now our museum building) and help run events bringing our history to life.