The Thackray Museum of Medicine inspires people with the passion and purpose of medicine and healthcare, past, present and future. We comprise collections, built heritage and a unique community. We’re the UK’s largest independent medical museum with a collection of over 60,000 objects, books and archives. From re-opening in May 2021, the Museum will be open to the public 7 days a week, 10am-5pm. We have 11 new galleries, a café, shop, community engagement hub (‘The Core’), Education centre (‘The Nerve Centre’) and a conference & events facility. These are exciting times to join the Museum as it re-opens following a major redevelopment to rejuvenate our galleries and improve our visitor experience.
Immerse yourself in our imaginative and exciting galleries, from the history of healthcare to the advances that have shaped the way we look after ourselves, and each other. Wander through the grimy streets of Victorian Leeds, watch gruesome operations taking place in our 19th-century operating theatre, visit a seventies-style sexual health clinic, chart how well the world responds to crisis, and discover the medical innovations that changed the world. Through play, creativity, talks, experiences, social events and formal education, we’re both a place to pay fitting tribute to our health heroes and inspire the next generation of big thinkers.
Volunteers will support our Visitor Experience team by welcoming and directing visitors and school groups, talking about exhibits, and encouraging people to take part in activities and events. Training will also be provided to help volunteers assist with basic cleanliness, Covid awareness, and the safety of everyone onsite.
Good communication skills; customer care; willingness to interact with a wide range of people and family groups.
To fulfil this role, you need to be confident, enjoy meeting people, and proactive in approaching members of the public. You will engage with a diverse range of people with wide interests, including those with specific needs and access requirements. You will also be interested in learning about medical history and the heritage sector and want to share your knowledge in a range of ways. When signed up to a shift, we would expect you to be reliable, punctual and a good team-worker.
Volunteering at the Thackray Museum will give you experience of an entry-level heritage role within a recently redeveloped and exciting new visitor attraction. There is scope for personal development as you increase your knowledge of the museum sector. As a valued member of our team, you will receive:
Your work will also bring educational and social benefits to local people and help us re-establish and build our identity within Leeds’s cultural scene.
Shifts would be based on your availability and take place during museum opening times (10am to 5pm, Monday to Sunday). Induction and training will be provided before you start volunteering. All activities will be in line with current guidelines and designed to keep you and our visitors Covid-safe.
Minimum commitment level: Once a month
Start Date: 17-05-2021
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: 05:00 PM