Volunteers make a vital difference to our work and we are extremely grateful to all our volunteers whose time and effort bring so much to the Herbert and its visitors.
What Do Volunteers Do?
The majority of the Herbert's volunteers work directly with the public in roles as diverse as Welcome Hosts, Workshop Assistants, Retail Support and Exhibition Guides. Other volunteers support the work of our curatorial, archives, learning, and marketing and collection teams. Volunteer support is crucial, enabling us to enrich our offer to the public, and supporting our aim of bringing history and the arts to life in Coventry.
You don't need to have specialist knowledge to volunteer, just an enthusiasm for our work and a willingness to learn new skills and/or working practices.
Volunteers at the Herbert come from a variety of backgrounds and industries. Our youngest volunteers are 16 and our oldest volunteers are enjoying their retirement years.
Some of our volunteers are only able to offer us an hour per week; others are able to support us for longer. The Herbert is open to the public from 10 – 4 Mondays to Saturdays and 12 - 4 Sundays; and Volunteers are asked to commit to at least 1 session per week (morning or afternoon) for a minimum period of 4 weeks but are welcome to volunteer for longer periods. Volunteers at the Lunt Roman Fort are offered opportunities within the seasonal opening times.
Herbert Volunteers are given training, offered opportunities for behind the scenes tours and are invited to exhibition previews and given discounts in the Herbert Shop and Herbert Café.
People volunteer with us for a variety of reasons. Here are some reasons why our current volunteers are with us:
- For enjoyment
- To get involved and share their enthusiasm for our museum and art gallery
- To make new friends
- To gain skills
- To get work experience
- To maintain skills continuity
- To add to their CV
- To gain an award or qualification
- To share their talents
- To help others
- To make an impact in their community
Volunteer role descriptions will identify what are skills are needed and also whether the role is open-ended or for a specific time period. For example volunteers who help us with a public facing role need to enjoy meeting people, have a sense of fun and be interested in the museum, its collections and exhibitions.
How to Volunteer
Every month we hold a general information session for prospective volunteers at the museum.
The information session is very informal. Its purpose is to give prospective volunteers some background on the Herbert, with a brief tour and an overview of the current roles that are available. There is no commitment on either side and you will be given an opportunity to talk individually with the volunteer coordinator if you wish.
If you are interested in a specific role but cannot find it in our current opportunities please download the expression of interest form and send it to email@example.com with a brief explanation of your interests and experience.
Early Years Exhibition Assistant
To support the front of house team and family visitors in our annual and very popular early years exhibition. This year the exhibition is called ‘A Very Viking Voyage’ and is a space filled with dens to hide in, tunnels to crawl through, things to touch and sensory based items to play with. Being a volunteer in this space will involve greeting families and talking to them on a very casual basis, helping them to feel relaxed in the environment and encouraging them to play, move around the space and not worry about making a mess! The exhibition is not a collections or object-based exhibition, but instead a space to play, use imaginations and be creative. As part of your role as a volunteer there will be an expectation that you will help to maintain the space and tidy play items up throughout the day, but without impacting on families' play. A full briefing of this space will be provided for you by our Family Learning Officer. This role is ideal for anyone with a friendly and playful nature, and looking to gain experience with family and Early Years audiences.
Find out more.
Lunt Roman Festival Volunteers
Under the supervision of the Engagement & Development Manager, we have a number of different activities we need support with. Wearing Roman costume is not mandatory:
• Greet our visitors at the gate house
• Help our visitors to make clay pots in the granary
• Strike replica coins and help to create keepsakes for visitors
• Donation bucket volunteers can walk the site and politely encourage donations
• Car Park Attendants direct visitors into spaces
• Be generally friendly and helpful, giving volunteers breaks, passing messages and helping our visitors enjoy the event
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Visitor Research Assistant
Flexible and varied time | Ongoing
Working with our Audience Development Manager you will research our visitor's experience by carrying out face to face surveys. This role will also involve survey data inputting.
Expression of interest form