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Learning Volunteer

Contract Six months; five hours one day per week

Are you looking for a volunteer role within a dynamic organisation?

PHM is the national museum of democracy, telling the story of its development in Britain: past, present and future.  The museum provides opportunities for all people to learn about, be inspired by and get involved in ideas worth fighting for; ideas such as equality, social justice, co-operation, and a fair world for all.  We offer an inspiring Learning Programme for all ages that includes Living History performances, art based workshops and creative writing to engage learners with these ideas.

The museum is seeking a volunteer with an interest in cultural learning to join the Programme Team.

Responsible to: Learning Officer

Fixed term: Six months (Wednesday 24 July 2019 to Wednesday 29 January 2020)

Hours: Five hours one day per week (Monday to Friday)


Ensuring the Family Friendly and learning areas are tidy, stocked with relevant materials and prepared for sessions. Reporting back when materials need replacing.

Assisting a range of visitors including, children aged 0 -15, adults, visitors with special educational needs and disability (SEND) requirements, or visitors whose first language is not English.

Contributing to the evaluation of the Learning programme through observational evaluation of Family Friendly activities and documenting written feedback.

Helping the Learning Officer prepare for activities in PHM’s public programme such as the Doodle Den and the Playful Protest activities for family audiences and the Fabric of Protest monthly workshop for adult audiences.

Updating promotional material around the museum using Photoshop. Training will be provided.

Contributing to online platforms including the Hoop app and writing one blog post. Training will be provided.

Staffing the handling table with key objects to show and discuss with visitors. Training will be provided.

Essential skills:

  • IT literacy – including using Microsoft Office Programmes (including Word and Excel)
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail and good organisational skills
  • Willingness to help out with a variety of tasks
  • Ability to show initiative where necessary
  • Interest in history, heritage or the museum sector


Training to be provided by PHM staff includes an introduction to health and safety at the museum, data protection and safeguarding policies, Photoshop, observational evaluation and object handling.

Where a volunteer is disabled, every effort will be made to supply all necessary aids, adaptations or equipment to allow them to participate fully in all aspects of the opportunity.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons.  However, as black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) and disabled people are currently under-represented within our organisation, we would particularly welcome applications from BAME and disabled applicants.  All appointments will be made on merit.

For enquires relating to the post, please contact the Learning Team on or 0161 838 9190.

To apply:

Please send your CV and a covering letter explaining why you would like to join the team to  Please send your email with the subject line: VOLUNTEER APPLICATION 2019 and your full name.

Closing date: Friday 5 July 2019 at 5.00pm

Informal interview date: Tuesday 16 July 2019

Start date: Wednesday 24 July 2019

Please indicate on your covering letter if you are unable to make the interview date.

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