Join the Team

The Thackray Museum of Medicine might have one of the country’s most important collections of medical history but what makes us special is our people. Together, our Trustees, volunteers, staff and collaborators represent a diverse and dynamic team of unique talents, united by a common purpose. We value independently-minded people who enrich our museum with fresh thinking and new experiences and we are far more interested in what you bring us as an individual than in how many letters you have after your name. If that sounds like the sort of team you would like to join, here are some current opportunities.

Cafe Catering Assistant

The Café Catering Assistant works with the rest of the café team, leading on the preparation of our daily food menu of cold sandwiches, toasties, soups and savoury offerings. You will be a key member of a team that understands and loves our museum and its mission, has a passion for creating and sharing good food with a diverse public and helping to share the impact our museum can have. You will have strong demonstrable experience of working in a fast-paced kitchen environment and will be highly motivated, organized and personable.


Download the job description (link HERE).

Please fill in a job application form (link HERE).

We are looking to offer interviews offered on a rolling basis. Send your application form ASAP to Lynne Melton-Long, Café and Retail Manager on [email protected]

If you have any questions about this application form or would like an informal chat about the role please contact Lynne Melton-Long on the above details.

Volunteer with us

Volunteers are a valued part of our team at Thackray and we’d love to hear from you, whether you can spare a couple of hours a month to assist in our archives, or a day or two to greet visitors. We welcome everybody, so talk to us about how we can work together to keep inclusion at the heart of what we do.

To find out more, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at: [email protected]


Volunteering at the Thackray Museum will give you experience of an entry-level heritage role within a recently redeveloped and exciting new visitor attraction. There is scope for personal development as you increase your knowledge of the museum sector. As a valued member of our team, you will receive:

• Travel expenses.
• Training and regular supervision.
• Invitations to special events.

Your work will also bring educational and social benefits to local people and help us re-establish and build our identity within Leeds’s cultural scene.

Our volunteering roles

Visitor Experience Volunteer

At regular points throughout the year, we recruit volunteers to support our Visitor Experience team. Volunteers bring character and warmth to our museum by welcoming and directing visitors and schools, talking about exhibits and objects, and encouraging people to take part in activities. Training is also provided to help volunteers assist with basic tidiness, cleanliness and the safety of everyone onsite.