Voluntary and Placement Opportunities

Voluntary Opportunities

If you have a keen interest in museums and you have some spare time, you might want to consider volunteering at The Bowes Museum. Volunteers have been working with The Bowes Museum for many years and their skills, experiences and enthusiasm have become a valuable part of the workforce.

In particular, currently we seek volunteers to assist in the following departments: 


Media / Press Relations Department:

We are looking for a dedicated and articulate volunteer to support the wide-ranging scope of the team.  Duties will include monitoring and updating various methods used to advertise our exciting exhibitions and events programme and our many Press Releases, cataloguing previous Press Releases, and updating databases.   Good computer skills are highly desirable.   If you are interested in assisting us on a Tuesday, Thursday or Friday we look forward to receiving your application.

Education Department: Wanted - A Big Treasure for Little Treasures!

The Museum toddler group, Little Treasures, is short of a volunteer to help alongside a  member of the Education team with their afternoon session on a Wednesday.  If you could spare a couple of hours on a Wednesday afternoon and enjoy the company of babies and toddlers aged from 0 - 3 years old, then this could be the volunteering role for you.  It involves helping the parents and toddlers where needed with an extra pair of hands for the craft activities, preparing the fruit snacks for the children and making hot drinks for the parents, clearing up and tidying away snacks and toys and (the fun bit!) chatting and playing alongside the adults and children.  The session runs from 1.00pm until 2.30pm every Wednesday, term time only.  If you are interested, please contact Julia Dunn on 01833 690 606 ext 214, or Amy Bainbridge on 01833 690606 ext 242 for a chat.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Placement Opportunities

If you are interested in or studying towards a career in the arts or working in museums, a placement at The Bowes Museum may be something you would like to consider. We can offer opportunities across a range of departments and will provide support in your career development so that you can develop the relevant skills and knowledge required for your course.

What could you do?

There are many opportunities at The Bowes Museum; here are some of the departments that may be able to offer voluntary opportunities:

  • Library and Archives
  • Fine Art
  • Fashion and Textiles
  • Ceramics
  • Conservation
  • Administration
  • Education
  • Front of House (Reception etc)
  • Volunteer Guide
  • Marketing

How to apply

If you would like to become a volunteer or carry out your placement at The Bowes Museum, you will be required to complete an application pack (consisting of an application form and an equal opportunities monitoring form) so that we can best match your skills and interests to the relevant department. We may not be able to offer all applicants a place immediately; volunteer opportunities are dependent on staff time and availability to supervise and support individuals.

For an application pack please either download one from this page and submit by post or email, or directly contact:

Caroline Thornborrow

Human Resources Officer

The Bowes Museum

Barnard Castle

County Durham

DL12 8NP

Tel: 01833 694610


Thank you for considering volunteering at The Bowes Museum and we look forward to hearing from you.