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About the Herbert

Volunteer

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 welcoming visitors to events, assisting them in our exhibition spaces or helping the learning team with family activities. Other volunteers support the behind the scenes work of our marketing and collections teams. 

 

Who Can Volunteer?

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. Our youngest volunteers are 16 and our oldest volunteers are enjoying their retirement years.

The amount of commitment time that we are looking for depends on the volunteer role but is usually flexible.

Role descriptions will identify what skills and qualities are needed. 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

To get involved you will first need to decide what you might like to do. To find out what volunteering opportunities are currently available please have a look at the Current Opportunities section on this page.

If you are interested in any Herbert Art Gallery & Museum opportunities please download and complete the Herbert Expression of Interest Form and send it to volunteering@cvlife.co.uk or post to: Volunteer Coordinator, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP.

If you are interested in any Coventry Archives opportunities, please complete the Archives Expression of Interest Form and send it to volunteering@culturecoventry.com or post to: Volunteer Coordinator, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP.

 

Current Opportunities


HR Volunteer

We are looking for a volunteer to help our small and friendly HR team.
The role would involve carrying out a variety of activities including administration support, data entry, job advertisement tasks, consulting with advertising contacts and supporting at recruitment and training events.

The role would suit someone who wants to gain experience in a working environment or who would like to pursue a career in HR.
To apply, please email volunteering@cvlife.co.uk

Closes Tuesday 9 July

Find out more here
 

Welcome Desk Volunteer

We are looking for enthusiastic and friendly volunteers to help out on our welcome desk. In this role, you'll be the first point of contact for visitors to the museum, dealing with general enquiries, directing visitors to the galleries and assisting them with booking tickets as required. As such, you'll need to be confident in communicating with the public with a good standard of spoken English. 

This is a great opportunity to gain experience in a museum setting, to meet new people and to develop or share your knowledge of history and/or art.
To apply, please email volunteering@cvlife.co.uk

Find out more here

 

Early Years Learning Assistant

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are keen to gain experience with our youngest visitors (those aged 0-4 years old). As an early years volunteer you will be friendly, energetic, easy to talk to and patient. 

The Herbert offers a wide range of early years activities that include sensory play sessions and our VERY messy Mini Makers activities. As a volunteer, you will be involved in setting up our arts and craft acitivities and greeting and assisting families. These sessions get incredibly busy and involve a lot of tidying up, but most importantly fun! 

If you would like to be considered for this unique volunteering opportunity, please contact Rupert Hedley on 024 7623 7549 or by emailing volunteering@cvlife.co.uk

Find out more here

 

Volunteer Learning Assistant for Schools

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are keen to gain experience with our school visitors (mainly primary schools, age 4-11). As a Volunteer Learning Assistant you will be friendly, approachable and helpful. The Herbert offers a wide range of activities for school groups from across the West Midlands that include art and history sessions. These sessions can be busy and may involve preparation and tidying up.

If you would like to be considered for this unique volunteering opportunity, please contact Rupert Hedley on 024 7623 7549 or by emailing volunteering@cvlife.co.uk

Find out more here

 

Collecting Coventry - Exhibition Gallery Volunteer

We are looking for friendly and confident volunteers to interact with visitors to our Collecting Coventry exhibition. This exhibition will be held across four of our temporary galleries and the role will entail significant interaction between volunteers and visitors.  We want volunteers to ask visitors their views on what we should collect, how we can represent them and their community better, how we can help with their wellbeing and how technology could improve their visit. We would also like volunteers to assist our front of house staff to monitor the exhibits and lead in the well-being area which is being developed in one of the galleries.

If you are interested please contact Rupert Hedley at rupert.hedley@cvlife.co.uk

Find out more here

 

Expression of Interest Form Download

If you would like any more information about volunteering then please contact us at volunteering@cvlife.co.uk.