Young Volunteers

Youth Volunteering Taster Sessions: Create your own stop motion animation

Aged 14-25? Want to meet our young volunteer team, explore the Museum and find out more about our youth projects?

Join us for a three hour taster session on Tuesday the 20th of August: 10am-1pm where you can create your very own stop motion animation to be used on the Museum's social media.

 Email to book your place or if you have any questions

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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