Sandra Tyrrell Tells Her Volunteer Story

Posted on by Melanie Charlton

We asked one of Wacky Wednesday's favourite story tellers to give us a sneak peak into the world of volunteering at the museum. Take a look at her story see how you can get involved.


What’s your name? Sandra Tyrrell 

What do you do at the museum? Visitor Experience/Wacky Wednesday 

Tell us a bit more about what that involves? Story telling for Wacky Wednesday. Helping visitors at events. 

How long have you volunteered at the Museum for? 2 years 

What made you want to volunteer? I used to be a volunteer at Smethwick Heritage Centre in Smethwick, West Midlands and at Hartlebury Castle so when I moved to Yorkshire I was looking for an interesting voluntary job.  

 Tell us about your life before volunteering at the Museum? Primary school teacher 

What do you enjoy most about your role? I love meeting people and I have learned so much from visitors about mining. I have lots more to learn. I enjoy working with the under 5s – they are a joy. 

Can you tell us an interesting fact or something surprising that you have discovered or learnt, whilst volunteering at the Museum? The most amazing fact I’ve learned (which I didn’t belie at first) was that canaries who were not dead from gases could be put in a resuscitator! I love telling visitors and showing it to them.

To find out more about volunteering at the museum please visit our opportunities page.

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