Volunteer at the National Coal Mining Museum for England and help our visitors discover the story of coal mining.


Building on the huge success of last year, 2017 is looking even bigger and better as the Museum continues to expand its volunteer team… and we need YOU!

We’re looking for individuals  to get involved with the Museum’s work and make a real difference by filling a number of exciting volunteer roles that the Museum has available.

Please scroll down the page for more information about the different roles.


Have a look at the opportunities and download the application form on the top right hand corner of the page. Send your complete application form back to the Volunteer Coordinator sallyann.burley@ncm.org.uk.

Applications for the next recruitment day will be the end of May. The next recruitment day takes place on Thursday 8th June which corresponds at the end of National Volunteering Week.

Submit an application form today!

Interested as a group?

We're looking for volunteer groups to get in contact  and potentially inspire other through a range of interests, from arts & crafts to performance poetry.

For more details scroll down to the bottom under 'Volunteer Groups- make a difference!'

Who are we trying to find

  • Do you want to give something back and share your expertise?
  • Do you want work experience and an opportunity to enhance your CV with experience in working in the heritage sector?
  • Do you enjoy meeting new people?

What's in it for you?

  • Help visitors to explore and enjoy our coal mining heritage
  • Share your expertise and knowledge, and learn new skills
  • Be part of a supportive and growing community of like-minded people interested in supporting the museum
  • Volunteer in a welcoming and flexible environment
  • Support a story of local, regional and national importance.
  • Can you tell a good story?
  • Sing a song?
  • Dabble in messy crafts?
  • Can you engage with Under 5s and their carers? 

We're looking for storytellers to join our regular Under 5's sessions.

  • Do you love meeting new people?
  • Do you want an opportunity tailored to suit you?

Visitor Experience Volunteering is a great opportunity for someone looking to care for and create a great experience for visitors as they explore the site. The role also offers the chance to support creative activities such as the Art Cart and story-telling. 


  • Do you have engineering/mechanical experience?
  • Have you got an interest working with mining equipment?
  • Do you want to keep our mining heritage alive? 

Industrial Conservation Volunteering will involve working with our collection of both large and small mining equipment using hands-on conservation processes.

Library Volunteer – Office help

We are looking for a volunteer who can spend 3 hours (preferably mornings) on a Wednesday to help with office administrative work.

This would include the following but not exhaustive tasks: 

  • Photocopying enquiry sheets
  • Listing donations (using MS Word)
  • Updating enquiry statistics (using MS Excel)
  • Checking in new journals (Ms Excel); shelving them and chasing missing copies from the publishers
  • Tidying shelves in the store
  • Creating shelf marking – labels (MS Word)
  • Filing press cuttings into subject files
  • Event support – duties as and when required
  • Getting post and stationery etc from the admin building
  • Input indexing of journals data (MS Excel)

    Skills required:
    GCSE Maths and English – minimum.
    Good level of numeracy and literacy required.
    Competent use of Microsoft Office applications
    Methodical approach to work
    Time management skills


Download Application Form here

Library Volunteer - Data Cleansing project

We are looking for a volunteer for one day a week (10 – 4) on Tuesdays or Thursdays to go through over 3,000 electronic records of manufacturers catalogues and cleanse the data.

This means that the data on catalogue records needs to be checked for any inaccuracies and mistakes which must then be amended.

This project will also be an audit for location and condition check.

*There will be a 2 week probation period, to assess suitability for the project*

It is expected the volunteer chosen for this project will finish this project to a high standard.

Skills required:

GCSE Maths and English – minimum.
(Literacy and numeracy need to be at a high level for this project)
Competent use of MS Office applications
Data entry on electronic databases
Methodical approach to work
Time management skills
Ability to work through large projects


Download application form here

Visitor Experience Volunteer

Flexible hours – ongoing basis

Availability for Tuesday,Thursday and Saturday would be an advantage.

  •          Do you love meeting new people? 
  •          Do you want a new opportunity to shine?
  •          Do you want an opportunity tailored to suit you?


Visitors- they’re vital to our success. 

We’re looking for additional Visitor Experience Volunteers with a can-do attitude and good interpersonal skills to create a great experience for visitors as they explore the Museum site.

The role involves everything from helping visitors get their bearings to providing support for our art & crafts and storytelling activities.

Apply now to be our Visitor Experience Volunteer

Download the application form now


Under 5s Storyteller Volunteer

 Every Wednesday during term-time.

  • Can you tell a good story? Sing a song?
  • Can you coordinate fun activities?
  • Can you engage with Under 5s & parents?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then we need to hear from you!

We're looking for someone with energy and enthusiasm to engage with children through imaginative storytelling and craft making.

Our Wacky Wednesday event is an important part of our special programme for Under 5s held every Wednesday morning throughout term.

We’re looking for people who can spare an hour or two each week to help with the storytelling and help deliver a programme of events aimed at Under 5s and parents over term-time.

Why not apply now to be our Under 5s Storyteller Volunteer?

Download application form here



Industrial Conservation Volunteer

Flexible hours – ongoing basis

  • Do you enjoy getting hands on with machinery and understanding how things work?
  • Do you have practical experience working with machines, vehicles and locomotives?
  • Do you have an interest in helping keep our mining heritage alive?

Our conservation efforts are as vital as ever as we look to preserve a fascinating Industrial Collection that we hope we can help protect for future visitors to come.

Following the successes of our Industrial Conservation Team, who helped restore the diesel Hunslet locomotive, we are pleased to announce we are looking to set up a second team! 

We’re looking for additional Industrial Conservation Volunteers who are able to apply practical experience and understanding of mining industry, mechanical or electrical mining knowledge alongside hands-on conservation processes.

Volunteer Training will be provided, but prior knowledge and practical understanding would be an advantage.

The roles will require regular commitment to ensure ongoing projects are restored. This role will involve working within a team on our collection of both large and small mining equipment, which will take place in and around site.

If you have a willingness to learn new skills, a keen eye for detail and importantly an interest in learning more  about the mining processes then apply for the Industrial Conservation Volunteer role now!

 Download application form here


Digital Collections Volunteer

Flexible hours – ongoing basis

  •   Do you have a keen eye for detail and good organisational skills?
  •   Do you want the chance to delve into the Museum’s Archive and Library Collection?
  •   Do you have some basic computer skills experience?

We're looking for volunteers to help make the museum collections accessible by all.

We are looking for a dedicated team of Digital Collections Volunteers who have a passion for history and archival study who want to inspire others to access our collections.

Volunteers will be able to gain valuable experience in the archive collections, a deeper insight into mining history and work on projects independently as well as in a team.

Proficient computer skills are required as the collections will require cataloguing and uploading onto a digital system.

Volunteer Training will be provided, but prior knowledge and practical understanding will be beneficial.

If you have a meticulous attention to detail, an understanding of the importance of archiving information then we need to hear from you! 

Download application form here



For this particular Volunteer Recruitment Day, all applications ideally need to be sent to the Volunteer Co-ordinator sallyann.burley@ncm.org.uk by end of May 2017.

Volunteer Groups- make a difference!

We want to make 2017 even bigger and better! We’re looking for more creative groups to get involved, both pre-existing and maybe new groups of people to start something new.

Read about how you can join our creative group, The Coalshed Poets, which was set up and run by Volunteers.


Whether your creative wordsmith or have a brilliant idea for a group of like-minded to meet up, we’d love to encourage people with passion to set up their own volunteer groups and inspire others.

Could you be our next creative force? Why not get in contact with the museum today?

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