Volunteering with Leeds Museums and Galleries is a way to use your existing skills, develop new ones, improve your knowledge, increase your employability, meet new people and have fun!

We have been awarded the Leeds Compact Kitemark by Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL), demonstrating that we offer a good quality volunteer programme which is approved according to the standards set out in the Leeds Compact. We are very proud of this and continue to improve our volunteer offer in keeping with this quality standard.



The application processThe application process<div class="ExternalClassCB6DE6BF23DE494182ED8CE76F64EA77"><p>We actively encourage applications from all sections of the community.  </p> <p><strong>Interviews:</strong><br>We may select individuals from applications and invite them for interview to determine whether they would be suitable for the role they have applied for.  </p> <p>Our decision on the suitability of a prospective volunteer is absolute and final.<br> <br><strong>References:</strong><br>All individuals will be required to undergo reference checks before they are formally accepted as a volunteer and depending on the volunteer role, may require a​ DBS check.</p> ​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></div>
How to apply https://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Release%20Documents/LMG_Vol_Application_form.doc, Volunteer Application form (opens as Word document)https://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Release%20Documents/Volunteer%20Policy%20Apr%202015%20(2).pdf, Our Volunteer Policy (opens as PDF)How to apply <div class="ExternalClass99D5F60FE81F4FAD90D5352CFCDBC2DA"><p>If you would like to get involved with any of our current projects, please download and complete a copy of our volunteer application form below.</p> <p>You can return it to <a href="mailto:volunteer@leeds.gov.uk">volunteer@leeds.gov.uk</a> or send it by post to: Volunteer Coordinator, Temple Newsam House, Temple Newsam Road, Off Selby Road, Leeds, LS15 0AE.<br> <br>Unfortunately we cannot respond to speculative applications for roles other than those listed below.</p></div>
What do volunteers do? ​What do volunteers do? ​<div class="ExternalClass18F39AA7D0604965A2E6C20B445BDC58"><p>​Our volunteers carry out and assist with a wide variety of tasks. </p> <p>Previous and current volunteers have: <br><br>- Assisted with the documentation and research of our collections<br><br>- Helped identify and label collections <br><br>- Carried out cleaning and remedial conservation of objects<br><br>- Assisted in our Education and Outreach Programme<br><br>- Carried out basic data entry as well as front of house<br><br> - Undertaken meet and greet roles and reception work</p></div>
Who can volunteer? Who can volunteer? <div class="ExternalClassBE9DC3C80E924266B63FEE335AC4675F"><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>​Anyone can volunteer with Leeds Museums and Galleries. It doesn't matter what your skills, experience or background are or how much time you have to give.  All that we ask is that you are enthusiastic about the work and aims of the Museums and Galleries service, willing to learn, committed, reliable and willing to abide by Leeds City Council's health and safety and equal opportunities policies. <br> <br>If you are currently undertaking a further/higher education course in a relevant field, you may wish to consider our internship programme.<br><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></div>
Current volunteering opportunitiesCurrent volunteering opportunities<div class="ExternalClassCD091240430E4FF7A32F43D10D87C2AC"><div><div><div class="text"> <h3>Migration exhibition volunteer - Leeds City Museum</h3><h3><br></h3><p>In July 2019 Leeds City Museum will be hosting an exhibition that will explore the theme of migration to Leeds. We are working with a number of different community groups and individuals to tell a broad range of stories, and to display objects that hold significance for those who have moved to Leeds. </p><p></p><a href="/museumsandgalleries/Release%20Documents/Leeds%20City%20Museum%20Migration%20Exhibition%20Volunteer.pdf"><p>Migration exhibition volunteer role information (PDF 269KB).<br></p></a><p><br></p><h3>Events Stewards - Kirkstall Abbey<br style="font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"></h3><h3><br></h3><div>From late March to the end of November, outdoor crafts and produce markets are held at Kirkstall Abbey. We're building up a team of stewards who can be involved in these events on an ad-hoc basis.<br></div><a href="/museumsandgalleries/Release%20Documents/Kirkstall%20Markets%20Events%20Stewards.pdf"><div><br></div><p>Kirkstall Abbey events stewards role information (PDF 631KB).</p></a><p><br></p><p></p><h3>Set up and Take Down Volunteers - Kirkstall Abbey<br></h3><p><br>We're looking for volunteers to help us set up for the monthly outdoor crafts and produce markets at Kirkstall Abbey.<br></p><p><a href="/museumsandgalleries/Release%20Documents/Kirkstall%20Markets%20Set%20Up%20and%20Take%20Down.pdf">Set up and take down volunteer role information (512KB)</a><br></p><p><br></p><h3>Growing for Colour volunteer - Leeds Industrial Museum<br><br></h3><p>We're looking for people to join our friendly group who assist in developing and maintaining our community garden by growing fowers, dye plants, herbs and shrubs.<br></p><p><a rel="pdf" href="/museumsandgalleries/Release%20Documents/Growing%20for%20Colour%20Volunteer%20-%20Leeds%20Industrial%20Museum.pdf">Growing for Colour volunteer role information (PDF, 482KB)</a>.<br><br></p><h3>Kirkstall Abbey Live Guide<br><br></h3><p>We are currently looking for more volunteers to train to lead these tours from April to September 2019. Develop your knowledge of Kirkstall Abbey, one of the most complete examples of a medieval Cistercian abbey in Britain. Become part of a friendly team and learn new skills, with full training given in all aspects of the role.</p><p><a rel="pdf" href="/museumsandgalleries/Release%20Documents/Kirkstall%20Abbey%20Volunteer%20Live%20Guides%202019.pdf">Kirkstall Abbey Live Guide (PDF, 168KB)</a>.<br></p><h3><strong style="color:#444444;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:13px;">ble volunteer roles are advertised on this section of our website as well as on Twitter and Facebook.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​</strong><br></h3></div></div></div></div>



Leeds City Museum Migration Exhibition Volunteerhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Release Documents/Leeds City Museum Migration Exhibition Volunteer.pdf276408pdf
Growing for Colour Volunteer - Leeds Industrial Museumhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Release Documents/Growing for Colour Volunteer - Leeds Industrial Museum.pdf494012pdf
LMG_Vol_Application_formhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Release Documents/LMG_Vol_Application_form.doc132608doc
Kirkstall Markets Events Stewardshttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Release Documents/Kirkstall Markets Events Stewards.pdf646671pdf
Kirkstall Markets Set Up and Take Downhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Release Documents/Kirkstall Markets Set Up and Take Down.pdf525009pdf
Kirkstall Abbey Volunteer Live Guides 2019https://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Release Documents/Kirkstall Abbey Volunteer Live Guides 2019.pdf168264pdf
Temple Newsam school holiday craft activity support volunteerhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Release Documents/Temple Newsam school holiday craft activity support volunteer.pdf170822pdf