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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 welcoming visitors to events, assisting them in our exhibition spaces or helping the learning team with family activities. Other volunteers support the behind the scenes work of our marketing and collections teams. 


Who Can Volunteer?

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. Our youngest volunteers are 16 and our oldest volunteers are enjoying their retirement years.

The amount of commitment time that we are looking for depends on the volunteer role but is usually flexible.

Role descriptions will identify what skills and qualities are needed. 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

To get involved you will first need to decide what you might like to do. To find out what volunteering opportunities are currently available please have a look at the Current Opportunities section on this page.

If you are interested in any roles please download and complete the Expression of Interest Form and send it to or post to: Volunteer Coordinator, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP.


Current Opportunities

Imagineer Festival: Rear View Volunteer

As part of the Festival of Imagineers, IOU are hosting an event called Rear View at the Transport Museum.  The event starts with a small performance in the Starley Room, then all the attendees are escorted out of the building to a bus for a tour around 4 sites in the city.  At each site there is a further short performance.

Full role description

More information about the event is available on the Herbert website 


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. 

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. 

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!  

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.

Find out more.


Expression of Interest Form Download

If you would like any more information about volunteering then please contact us at


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

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