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About the Herbert

Volunteer

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 volunteers@theherbert.org with a brief explanation of your interests and experience.


Current Opportunities

Face to Face Family Zone Volunteer 

February half term and Easter Holidays, 10.00am - 4pm | Closing date 10 May 2017

We are looking for volunteers to help with the family elements of our current Face to Face exhibition throughout February half term and the Easter school holidays.

Role Description

Expression of interest form

 

Museums storyteller/living interpreter

Flexible and varied time | Ongoing

By volunteering as a Museums Storyteller or Living Interpreter you will help to bring the fascinating history of Coventry alive for our visitors through its historical characters, objects and art.

Role Description

Expression of interest form

 

Visitor Research Assistant

Flexible and varied time | Ongoing

Working with our Audience Development Manager you will research our visitor's experience by carrying out face to face surveys. This role will also involve survey data inputting. 

Role Description

Expression of interest form

 

 

Contact us

Email info@theherbert.org or call us on 024 7623 7521.

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