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About the Herbert


Volunteers make a vital difference to our work and we are extremely grateful to all our volunteers whose time and effort bring so much to the Herbert and its visitors. 

What Do Volunteers Do?

The majority of the Herbert's volunteers work directly with the public in roles as diverse as Welcome Hosts, Workshop Assistants, Retail Support and Exhibition Guides. Other volunteers support the work of our curatorial, archives, learning, and marketing and collection teams. Volunteer support is crucial, enabling us to enrich our offer to the public, and supporting our aim of bringing history and the arts to life in Coventry. 

You don't need to have specialist knowledge to volunteer, just an enthusiasm for our work and a willingness to learn new skills and/or working practices. 

Volunteers at the Herbert come from a variety of backgrounds and industries. Our youngest volunteers are 16 and our oldest volunteers are enjoying their retirement years.

Some of our volunteers are only able to offer us an hour per week; others are able to support us for longer. The Herbert is open to the public from 10 – 4 Mondays to Saturdays and 12 - 4 Sundays; and Volunteers are asked to commit to at least 1 session per week (morning or afternoon) for a minimum period of 4 weeks but are welcome to volunteer for longer periods. Volunteers at the Lunt Roman Fort are offered opportunities within the seasonal opening times.

Herbert Volunteers are given training, offered opportunities for behind the scenes tours and are invited to exhibition previews and given discounts in the Herbert Shop and Herbert Café.

Why Volunteer?

People volunteer with us for a variety of reasons. Here are some reasons why our current volunteers are with us:

  • For enjoyment 
  • To get involved and share their enthusiasm for our museum and art gallery
  • To make new friends 
  • To gain skills 
  • To get work experience
  • To maintain skills continuity 
  • To add to their CV 
  • To gain an award or qualification 
  • To share their talents 
  • To help others 
  • To make an impact in their community

Volunteer role descriptions will identify what are skills are needed and also whether the role is open-ended or for a specific time period. For example volunteers who help us with a public facing role need to enjoy meeting people, have a sense of fun and be interested in the museum, its collections and exhibitions.

How to Volunteer

Every month we hold a general information session for prospective volunteers at the museum.

The information session is very informal. Its purpose is to give prospective volunteers some background on the Herbert, with a brief tour and an overview of the current roles that are available. There is no commitment on either side and you will be given an opportunity to talk individually with the volunteer coordinator if you wish.

If you are interested in a specific role but cannot find it in our current opportunities please download the expression of interest form and send it to with a brief explanation of your interests and experience.

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Current Opportunities

Summer Learning Activities Assistant

We are looking for friendly volunteers with an interest in art and/or volunteering with families. You will support the Learning Team with the delivery of the summer holiday activities at our family friendly museum, offering a different craft activity every day for families to join in. 

Main Duties and Activities

  • Greeting members of the public and introducing them to the learning activities
  • Taking payment for craft activities in the Learning Spaces
  • Supporting staff in the delivery of craft activities
  • Assisting our team with the set up and tidy up of activities

Find out more.

Summer Early Years Exhibition Assistant

We are looking for friendly volunteers with an interest in working with families to support our Museum Assistants at our ‘World of Play’ Early Years exhibition space, encouraging our family visitors to use their imaginations and get creative in this play space. 

Main Duties and Activities

  • Greeting families and helping them feel relaxed
  • Encouraging families to move around the space and not worry about making a mess!
  • Assisting our team with the set up and tidy up of activities
  • Promoting our other early years and family activities to visitors

Find out more.

Early Years Learning Assistant

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are keen to gain experience with our youngest visitors (those aged 0-4 years old). As an early years volunteer you will be friendly, energetic, easy to talk to and patient. The Herbert offers a wide range of early years activities that include sensory play sessions and our VERY messy Mini Makers activities. These sessions get incredibly busy and involve a lot of tidying up, but most importantly fun!  

Main Duties and Activities

  • Assisting families as they arrive for the activities. This includes taking payment, introducing them to the activities and directing them to where to put pushchairs. 
  • Talking to parents/carers to ensure they are happy and relaxed.
  • Encouraging play - this sometimes involves helping a shy child to feel comfortable within the museum setting, or offering words of advice to parents about how to interact with our spaces.
  • Being an advocate for sensory, imaginative and open-ended play.
  • Promoting our early years offer and wider family programme.
  • Helping to tidy up at the end of the activities.

Find out more.

PLAY Exhibition Meet and Greet & Memory Collector

We are looking for friendly, approachable and proactive volunteers who feel comfortable helping independently or with another volunteer or staff member.  At times the exhibition will be busy.  We want volunteers with an interest in social history, popular culture and/or previous experience with visitors or families in a gallery setting or similar environment.

Where: Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
When: 29th June - 23rd September 2018 
Time: Monday to Saturdays 10:00am - 4:00pm, Sundays 12:00am - 4:00pm

Main Duties and Activities

  • Welcome visitors to the exhibition space and if appropriate converse with them about the exhibits
  • Give basic advice and support to visitors who wish to use the exhibition interactives
  • Introduce visitors to the section of the exhibition space which allows them to recount their own memories of favourite toys or game fads
  • Help visitors who may require extra support to complete their memory and display it in the exhibition
  • Tidy materials used in the exhibition on an ongoing basis and at the end of the session

Find out more.


Contact us

Email info@culturecoventry.comor call us on 024 7623 7521.

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