Join us as a volunteer to engage visitors with the history of Nottingham people at Brewhouse Yard!

Brewhouse Yard Volunteer – Nottingham Castle

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Brewhouse Yard Volunteer – Nottingham Castle

Volunteers assist as a friendly face engaging visitors, answering practical questions, assisting staff in gallery and museum areas, being room stewards, helping with events and generally being a friendly face to the public.


Why we want you

We need a team of committed volunteers who can give a day a week helping to run a unique social history museum which reflect Nottingham’s industrial and rebellious past. Our volunteers will be the friendly faces who welcome and engage visitors, answering their questions, and revealing the history and stories of Brewhouse Yard: Life beneath Castle Rock.

This is an opportunity to volunteer in a truly unique social history museum which tells the stories of some of the people who lived on this site and explores its rich history, especially in relation to the textiles trade. There have been buildings on this two-acre site since at least 1217 when it was on the banks of the River Leen. Among those residing in Brewhouse Yard were brewing workers, framework knitters, tailors, clock workers, shearmen and dyers. We are open Saturdays, Sundays, Bank Holiday Mondays, and every day in the school holidays. There will also be additional weekdays for educational tours. Hours are 11am – 4pm.

What you will be doing

  • Presenting a welcoming and professional image to our visitors
  • Helping to keep the museum clean and tidy at the beginning and end of the day.
  • Provide information on the people who lived at Brewhouse Yard, the lives they led, and on the rooms on display
  • Being around when school and other educational groups visit the museum during the week.
  • Walking around the museum and keeping an eye on security
  • Supporting with activities and events.
  • Assisting with and developing tours
  • Developing your skills in museums and heritage.

The skills you need

  • Have enthusiasm for arts, heritage and museums and willingness to learn.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Reliable, well presented, polite and with good time keeping.
  • Have a flexible approach to working alone or as part of a team.
  • Ability to take and act on instruction from staff and Lead Volunteers.
  • Ability to provide a warm friendly welcome to all visitors as the public face of the site.
  • A strong interest in social history.
  • Be willing to ‘muck in’ with whatever needs doing!

What’s in it for you

  • Learn more about the history and heritage of our site.
  • Build your experience of working in galleries, museums, heritage, and visitor experience.
  • Get discounts in our cafés and shops, free tea and coffee while volunteering
  • Learn new skills and gain confidence in a work environment.
  • Meet new people and have the opportunity to socialise with fellow volunteers in a team from all backgrounds and ages.
  • Chance to share your passion for history with the public


You’ll need to be reasonably physically active to do this role.



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