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.

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:

Amanda Alderson

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.

Little Treasures – Volunteer Required

We require a volunteer to support the delivery of Little Treasures sessions between 9.45am – 11.45am on Wednesdays (term time only). This would be to help with snack preparation, crafts and tidying up of the learning vaults and also to engage with children under 5 and their parents/carers

Please see below information on Little Treasures:

Weekly sessions focus around a fun theme relating to specially chosen objects in the Museum. There’s also an opportunity to explore the Museum, make a ‘crafty’ creation, and for parents and children to enjoy a song time.
The sessions are on a Wednesday between 10.00 – 11.30 term time only. Each session costs £2 per child (paid per half term), with refreshments and materials provided.
To join the group you must contact Amy on 01833 690606 ext 241 or email Amy on amy.bainbridge@thebowesmuseum.org.uk or Gemma on gemma.scott@thebowesmuseum.org.uk


This would be an ideal opportunity for anyone wishing to work with children and families and to gain experience in this area.

Please complete the Volunteer Application Form and return to

Education: Volunteer 


We are looking for someone to assist with the Education department’s programme of schools workshops and family events, as well as the preparation of activities.

Duties could include assisting education staff meeting and greeting schoolchildren, supporting the delivery of schools workshops and helping with craft activities at drop in events and on family fun days (including set up and tidying away after events). We may also have some opportunities for volunteers to prep materials for sessions and complete admin tasks in the Education office.

For more info, please contact education@thebowesmuseum.org.uk or telephone 01833 694602.