Volunteering opportunities with Nottingham City Museums and Galleries

The Museum of Nottingham Life, at Brewhouse Yard, depicts the social history of Nottingham history over the last 300 years. The museum is supported by a team of volunteers who take an active part in providing information and assistance to enhance the visitor’s experience by welcoming visitors, providing information about the history of the site and supervising the contents of each room ensuring their safety.

Nottingham City Museums and Galleries are looking for confident people to help bring Nottingham’s history alive in the Rock Cottage Victorian school room through playing various historical characters in costume. Last year  a new exciting role was created whereby volunteers in character could deliver short interactive sessions as Victorian schoolmasters at the Museum of Nottingham Life, Brewhouse Yard on Saturdays between 12-4pm. The sessions have proved very popular with the public and Nottingham City Museums Galleries are now recruiting more volunteers.

Where: The Museum of Nottingham Life, Brewhouse Yard, Castle Blvd, Nottingham, NG1 6AD

When: Shifts are available every Saturday 12 – 4pm

Commitment: At least one day a month (can be flexible upon prior arrangement) on a going basis.

Main tasks: Interacting with the public as an historical character for the purpose of informing, entertaining and engaging which includes

  • Delivering pre written scripts.
  • Delivering 15-20 minute regular interactive performances to the public in the school room.
  • Handling objects as part of the character.
  • Providing gallery and collections security.

Skills and Experience:

  • A pleasant and helpful manner and willingness to learn.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Enthusiasm for history and heritage.
  • Ability to work in a team with volunteers and site staff

Training related specifically to costumed interpretation will be given, so no experience needed, but any acting or performance experience would be useful to this role.

Costumes will be provided in variety of sizes.

Willingness to learn various scripts and increase your own knowledge of the subject matter. Full training will be given.

For more information please contact a Volunteer Coordinator

Telephone: 0115 876 2205

Email: volunteer.programme@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

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