Young Volunteers

Youth Taster Day: Tuesday 1st of October 2019 (4-5:30pm)

Aged 14-25? Discover exciting volunteer opportunities and enjoy games, challenges and pizza.

Join us for a short taster session on Tuesday the 1st of October: 4-5:30pm where you can meet our young volunteer team and find out more about our exciting new project where you will have the chance to create games and interactive experiences for a brand new gallery.

 Email to book your place or if you have any questions

New Young Volunteer Project coming October 2019

Want to get to get involved but can't make it to our Taster Day? Download the form below and get back to us by Friday 11th of October 2019

The museum will be unveilling our brand new ‘Illumination Gallery’ in Summer 2020.  The new gallery will explore the contribution made by Sir Humphry Davy to the invention of the flame-safety lamp. This saved countless lives and inspired generations of scientists and engineers to keep making advancements in new and improved technologies.  

We need your insight and creativity to devise, design and create interactive experiences and games to spark the interest of our visitors.

You will be able to:

  • Explore the Museum's interactives- tell us what works for you
  • Trial different games and activities
  • Get hands-on experience underground
  • Find out about mining first hand from our miner guides
  • Experience live science experiments
  • Handle original artefacts
  • Design and create a finished product
  • Showcase your finished product at the Museum's family game event

Sessions will be every other Tuesday from 15th of October from 4-5:30pm at the Museum.


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 values the input and ideas of young people. We recognise that everyone has something to bring to the team 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 visitor focused activities either with direct contact with visitors or behind the scenes helping the team deliver outstanding experiences and events.

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

Our first project involved a group of 16-25 year olds ( all considering careers in heritage, marketing, events/ wanting to gain some work experience) working on the Museum's first ever youth event.

Their task was to help plan, promote and run a Youth Arts Festival. Our young volunteer team did a fantastic job, the event attracted over 100 young performers and artists who put on a jam packed day of entertainment for our visitors. The input of our young volunteers and performers meant that we could showcase the Museum's stories in fresh new ways.

The first 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 ran activities, workshops and sessions to give the young volunteers the tools they needed to make the festival a success.


What did they do?

  • Took 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
  • Ensured that visitors and performers had a great time at our festival on the day
  • Went Long Division festival in Wakefield to get ideas on how to create a festival atmosphere

What did they need?

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


All young volunteer projects will be 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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The Young Volunteers programme is funded by Ignite Yorkshire, a National Lottery Heritage Funded project. Ignite Yorkshire is a group of open-minded, creative and enterprising young people. We take inspiration from the industrial past to develop new skills for the future. Our aim is to change the way we understand and connect with Yorkshire’s heritage, and spark an industrial revolution for the 21st century.

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