Exhibition Engagement Volunteer


The Science and Industry Museum is devoted to inspiring our visitors through ideas that change the world, from the Industrial Revolution to today and beyond. Use Hearing Protection: The early years of Factory Records – is a new exhibition that will celebrate the initial works of this seminal record label and its fundamental role in Manchester’s music revolution. It will run from 19 June 2021 – 3 January 2022.

This special exhibition tells the story of Factory Records’ formative years from 1978 – 1982, and how it used innovation in the fields of music, technology and design to give Manchester an authentic voice and distinctive identity. Founded by Tony Wilson and Alan Erasmus, the label played an influential part in the city’s transformation from an industrial powerhouse to a beacon of art and culture and continues to impact current-day creative industries. Through a series of visual and immersive displays, it will amplify the stories of Manchester’s unique culture that gave rise to a new wave of creative industries in the North West. 

What you will be doing:

  • Helping visitors to get the most out of the exhibition’s interactive elements, including a gig room
  • Taking care of your own and others’ health and safety, report any health and safety concerns, and help to ensure the safety of the objects in the exhibition.
  • Engaging with the exhibition by being knowledgeable about the content and sharing this with visitors
  • Engaging visitors with their specialist knowledge on the content of the exhibition, and reciprocally learning from the people they meet
  • Undertaking any other tasks required to fulfil the duties of this volunteer role.


What you bring to the team:
You will definitely …

  • Have a passion for interacting and engaging with the public, enjoying talking to a wide range of people from different backgrounds
  • Be friendly and happy to approach visitors
  • Have an interest in exhibitions, and music
  • Enjoy talking to a wide range of people from different backgrounds.
  • Be reliable, and a have a desire to deliver great customer service.
  • Be able to demonstrate initiative and enjoy being part of a team.
  • Enjoy learning new information and sharing this with others.


It would be good if you …

  • Have an interest in Factory Records and the history of Manchester
  • Have experience of working with the general public in a customer facing role
  • Have experience of working with families and young children
  • Have an enthusiastic and dedicated approach to volunteering
  • Want to gain more skills in this area
  • Want to gain more experience of being in a museum environment.


Additional information:

  • To volunteer in this role, you must be 18 or over and eligible to volunteer in the UK. Unfortunately, SMG is unable to act as a sponsor organisation if you do not have the appropriate visa.
  • A basic criminal record check applies for this role, we will consider every applicant on a case by case basis.
  • An enhanced criminal record check applies for this role, we will consider every applicant on a case by case basis.


Contact Details

0161 696 7774

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