Young Volunteers

Are you looking for a volunteering opportunity or new experiences to put on your CV?

Then, join our group of Young Volunteers who volunteer side by side with museum staff to gain new skills that are transferable into any workplace.

The National Coal Mining Museum is a happy and friendly place. We recognise that everyone has something to bring to a workplace and if you are willing to contribute your time and skills we are happy to share some of our knowledge and skills with you. We have a wide range of customer focussed activities throughout the site either with direct contact with visitors or behind the scenes helping the team deliver outstanding customer service. 

We welcome applications all year round and try and work as best as we can around your availability and the experience you want to have here.

Youth Arts Festival

We are currently working with a group of 16-25 year olds who are potentially thinking about a job in museums, heritage, marketing or events.

They are helping plan, promote and run our first ever Youth Arts Festival on 7th July 2019.


The Young Volunteer project launched on the 11th of April 2019 with a practical film-making workshop on how to make and edit a promotional film using your phone.

Then every Saturday from 1-3pm we have run activities, workshops and sessions to give them the tools they need to make the festival a success.

The Youth Art's Festival: A Life Amongst Diamonds will be on the 7th of July 2019.

What did they do?

  • Taking part in workshops- we showed them how to make a film, run a marketing campaign and how to plan an event
  • Worked as a team to run the Youth Arts Festival
  • Created the marketing and PR campaign for the festival - using social media, film, photography, and print
  • Ensuring that visitors and performers have a great time at our festival on the day

What did they need?

  • The ability to work in a team
  • A willingness to try new things
  • The commitment to making the day a success

Why did they take part?

This was a great opportunity to meet new people and take part in an exciting new project. They also received training and developed plenty of transferable skills for their CV including:

  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Creativity
  • Leadership


The project is taking place at the National Coal Mining Museum.

Caphouse Colliery
New Road

If you are using public transport the 128 bus takes you directly to the Museum from Wakefield or Dewsbury. The 232 bus goes from Wakefield and Huddersfield and stops just a short walk away.

How do I apply to Volunteer?

To apply simply download the form below and send it back to

You can email us at to request a paper copy.

Got a question?

Email us at

Call us on 01924 848 806 and ask for Amy or Imogen


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