Volunteer opportunities

How to apply

Please complete the  Volunteers enquiry form 

Closing date for applications:
21 October 2013

Interviews will take place during the week commencing 11 November 2013


Eye-opener tour guide

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our eye-opener tour guiding programme. The eye-opener tours are designed to introduce visitors to specific parts of the Museum’s collection. We offer 15 tours daily, seven days a week, each lasting between 30 and 40 minutes. This is a great opportunity to learn about the collection and to work with our visitors.

This volunteer role involves

  • Taking visitors on a tour of the collection.
  • Answering questions from the public.

How the programme is organised

  • Volunteers train for one tour at a time.
  • Once trained, volunteers will be entered onto on a fixed rota system where they undertake two tours in a four-week period.
  • The rota is fixed for a minimum time of 8 months.
  • In the event that volunteers cannot make their session we ask that they swap with a fellow volunteer in order to ensure that their tour is covered.

What we would like from you

  • You will have a keen interest in the Museum’s collection.
  • You will enjoy talking to people and be enthusiastic about engaging our visitors with the Museum collection.
  • You will be confident presenting to large groups of people.
  • You will be able to commit to leading two tours in a four-week period for a minimum of eight months.

What you can expect from us

We will provide you with training on how to deliver a tour and with the information that you will be asked to present. We do not ask that you have any prior knowledge of the collection.

Current eye-opener tours available

  • Japan (weekdays and weekends at 11am)
  • Africa (weekdays at 12 noon)
  • China (weekdays and weekends at 12.15pm)
  • South Asia (weekdays and weekends at 12.45pm)
  • Mexico (weekdays and weekends at 13.00)
  • The World of Money (weekdays and weekends at 14.15)
  • Assyrian Reliefs (weekdays and weekends at 15.45)