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About the Herbert


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 roles please download and complete the Expression of Interest Form and send it to or post to: Volunteer Coordinator, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP.


Current Opportunities

Activities Assistant Volunteer

To support the Learning Team with the delivery of the October half term activities. This half term will feature a different craft activity every day for families to join in with. See the What’s On section of the website for a full breakdown of activities.

Find out more.

Culture Coventry Events Volunteer

We are looking for reliable and friendly volunteers to help host fun and fascinating occasions.  The Events team help our visitors enjoy exhibitions, collections and experience a broad range of cultural activities.  We need approachable volunteers who are sufficiently knowledgeable about the event site to give directions and to help visitors have fun and great cultural experiences.

Find out more.


Imagineer Festival: Rear View Volunteer

As part of the Festival of Imagineers, IOU are hosting an event called Rear View at the Transport Museum.  The event starts with a small performance in the Starley Room, then all the attendees are escorted out of the building to a bus for a tour around 4 sites in the city.  At each site there is a further short performance.

Full role description

More information about the event is available on the Herbert website 


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. These sessions get incredibly busy and involve a lot of tidying up, but most importantly fun!  

Find out more.


Volunteering Opportunities at Coventry Archives

Are you looking to get more involved with your local community?

Do you enjoy working with people?

Are you passionate about library and archive material that has a rich historical context?

If this sounds like you then Coventry Archives needs you!

We are looking for a new group of volunteers to join our team.

We know that your time is precious so we will work with you to make sure you to get the most out of your experience with us. From assisting researchers with their enquiries, to processing and listing new archive collections, we will provide you with all the training required.

If you wish to volunteer, then please look at the four role descriptions available below and complete an expression of interest form, returning to, before the deadline of Friday 26 of October. 

Archive Collection Care Volunteer

Catalogue Improver Volunteer

Digitisation Volunteer

Reading Room Volunteer


Expression of Interest Form Download

If you would like any more information about volunteering then please contact us at


Take Part in Research

Help us by taking part in our research on Live Streaming. Please fill in this questionnaire and email the completed form to 

Your time and feedback will be greatly appreciated.



Contact us

Email info@culturecoventry.comor call us on 024 7623 7521.

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