Volunteering May - looking back and moving forwards!

Posted on by Anita O'Donovan

Volunteering at the Museum enjoyed a successful year in 2015. Celebrate these achievements by reading our regular volunteering blog. Discover what was happening this time last year whilst looking forward to each month and find out the news about volunteering in 2016. Perhaps you will be inspired to become one of our valued volunteers!


This month in 2015

Our Volunteers manned the Volunteer Hub over the busy spring bank holiday. Once again the learning team were able to confirm that since the set-up of the hub, participation of family learning activities and audiences for living history performances had increased significantly.

Following the departure of one of the curators earlier in the spring, the Talking Pictures team were pleased at the appointment of a new curator to guide them on the project.


This month in 2016

May will be an exciting time for the Volunteer team as the Museum’s new exhibition, ‘Heroes and Heroines of the Coalfield’ will be entering its first phase. The volunteers will be encouraging our visitors to nominate their own personal mining hero or heroine. These nominations will be followed up by the curators and many of the resulting stories will feature in the second phase of the exhibition. The imaginative powers of the volunteers are hard at work focusing on developing links to this ‘theme of the year’.

Early Spring Bank holiday saw our volunteers helping to pilot an exciting new visitor experience at the Hope Pit end of site. As well as supporting the event they reported back on what went well and made suggestions as to how we could improve it.

Flushed with success after their day of welcoming and guiding the Ripon Museums  volunteer team around NCM at the end of April, our Volunteers have been debating how best to celebrate National Volunteering week at the beginning of June…… so watch this space for volunteer-led activities in the Museum!



If you'd like more information please contact our Volunteer Coordinator by email on sallyann.burley@ncm.org.uk or telephone on 01924 848806 ext. 214.

If you know which role you'd like to apply for, please download the NCMME Volunteer Application Form and send it through to us.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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