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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


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 and experience a broad range of exciting cultural activities. We need approachable volunteers to help visitors make the most of their visit.

Find out more.


Virtual Reality Assistant

You will support the Front of House Team with the delivery of the Heritage Storeys virtual reality experience. Travel through time and experience the power of interactive storytelling through our Virtual Reality Heritage Storeys. This role would be beneficial to anyone who has an interest in technology, gaming or virtual reality.

Find out more.


Filming Project Volunteer

We are looking for people aged 16-25 to help us produce a film for an exhibition exploring the links between the Courtaulds Company and Coventry, particularly with the Foleshill community. Help us to capture the stories of the people who worked for Courtalds Ltd. Have fun with camera filming and explore the use of sound and lighting to produce a heritage film. 

Find out more.


Playworkers - Engagement Assistants 

To support the Learning and Exhibitions Teams with the delivery of the summer exhibition ‘Wonder’. In this group exhibition for all ages, many of the artworks and installations involve play, activation and interaction, from a sensory ‘Light Pavilion’ installation (Julia Snowdin) to an Augmented Reality artwork on tablet devices (Edie Jo Murray). 

Find out more.


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.


Expression of Interest Form Download

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


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Your time and feedback will be greatly appreciated.



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Email or call us on 024 7623 7521.

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