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


Current Opportunities



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

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. 

If you would like to be considered for this unique volunteering opportunity, please contact Rupert Hedley: 024 76237 549 or email:

Find out more here


Expression of Interest Form Download

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