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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


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:

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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.

Volunteers can help with: 

  • Set up and tidy up – help staff prepare for and tidy up after the event
  • Welcome Hosts – welcome visitors, let them know where to go and tell them more about the event.
  • Supporting Artists – to deliver workshops or make and take activities – learn more skills, meet artists and help make sure everything is running smoothly.
  • Supporting Performers – meet and help them get their kit to the performance space, send messages to the event co-ordinator and watch their performances to let the co-ordinator know if there is a problem with equipment, audience etc.
  • Helping Stallholders - or others who are part of the event to feel supported and welcomed.  Check in on them and let the co-ordinator know if they need anything.
  • Point Of Contact – keep an eye on spaces where activities are happening and let the co-ordinator know if anything is needed.

If you are interested please contact Rupert Hedley at

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Expression of Interest Form Download

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


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