Sue Carter

I applied after doing some volunteer work in a herbarium whilst on holiday in West Cork in 2017. Previously I didn’t even know what a herbarium was having spent my working life as a health visitor. Anyway, I really fell in love with the beautiful seaweed specimens I was working with in the herbarium in Ireland and when I came home I happened to be in the Whitworth gallery and saw a painting of a flower with an accompanying specimen  which was on loan from Manchester museum. When I looked at the website I was amazed to see that the herbarium wanted volunteers so I applied and started volunteering 1 day a week  – a lovely way to spend my Tuesdays.

I’ve learnt a lot about mounting plant specimens which is a very satisfying job.I’m currently photographing algae specimens and adding them to the data base (I’m not a whizz at computers so I ask for help quite a lot) All the volunteers are supervised by  Lindsey the assistant curator -she gives me a task and I can ask for her help if I’m stuck. There’s a really friendly atmosphere in the herbarium with a number of volunteers working there and I feel generally that the museum as a whole values the work of volunteers.

Volunteering at Manchester Museum

Volunteers are at the heart of creating enriching experiences for our visitors and enhancing the Museum’s work by contributing their time, enthusiasm and skills. Volunteers create opportunities to get up close to our collections, connect our programmes to diverse audiences and support the care and conservation of our collections. As we move towards our transformational hello future project, there will increased opportunities to get involved in exciting volunteer roles that will animate our new spaces and galleries.

If you are curious about being part of the museums volunteer team and would like to find out details of the next recruitment or further information; please get in touch at museumvolunteers@manchester.ac.uk

  • Visitor Engagement

    Object handling is our most popular volunteer role in our gallery spaces. Collections are brought to life every day to inspire the curiosity of our visitors. We currently have six themed handling tables in our galleries: Living Worlds, Back to Nature, Fossils and hello future. In addition, we have our Live Animals experience and Nature Discovery handling table aimed at younger visitors.

  • Outreach

    The museum offers an extensive programme of events, activities and learning opportunities which enhance our current exhibitions and animate our collections. Volunteers are involved in facilitating a wide range of creative workshops and activities with all age groups. This can range from volunteering to support visiting schools or helping at family or adult events and festivals.

  • Behind the Scenes

    A small number of volunteers are involved behind the scenes working alongside staff. Roles include: labelling, cataloguing and assisting with projects relating to our collections.

Current opportunities

We’re partnered with some of the most prestigious cultural venues in Manchester.

  • Object Handling Volunteer – Science & Industry Museum

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  • Homebased Helpline Call Taker Volunteer

      Do you like helping and talking to people? Do you have a few hours a week to spare?  Would you like to volunteer from Home, yet still be part Read more…

  • Community Fundraising Volunteer

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  • Volunteer Coordinator Supporter – Read Easy

      Read Easy UK is a national charity which provides free, confidential one-to-one reading coaching for adults from trained volunteers, through locally-run, affiliated volunteer groups. Read Easy Wythenshawe currently has Read more…

  • Literacy Specialist – Read Easy

      Read Easy UK is a national charity which provides free, confidential one-to-one reading coaching for adults from trained volunteers, through locally-run, affiliated volunteer groups. Read Easy Wythenshawe has been Read more…

  • Volunteer Content Creator – Hullo

      Hullo are a national non-profit organisation. Conversation is at the heart of everything we do. You can chat with our volunteers about anything at all.  Our phone lines are Read more…

  • Fundraising Assistant – Hullo

      Hullo are a national non-profit organisation. Conversation is at the heart of everything we do. You can chat with our volunteers about anything at all.  Our phone lines are Read more…

  • Safeguarding Champion

      Read Easy UK is a national charity which provides free, confidential one-to-one reading coaching for adults from trained volunteers, through locally-run, affiliated volunteer groups. Read Easy Wythenshawe has been Read more…

  • Peer Support Facilitator

      Have you been Bereaved by Suicide? Do you have a desire to help other people who have also been Bereaved by Suicide? Are you comfortable listening to the experiences Read more…

  • Retail Stock Room Volunteer

      Here's a little bit more about us: The BHF is here to Beat Heartbreak Forever. We are working towards a world free from the fear of heart and circulatory Read more…

  • Voluntary Team Leader for volunteers

      The Widows Empowerment Trust is a charity dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation within the widowed community We feel that no one should have to grieve alone which Read more…

  • Dementia Group Volunteer

        Together Dementia Support is a Manchester charity supporting people to live positively with Dementia. Role Description The Group Volunteer is an assistant position. You will arrive 30mins approx Read more…

  • Cracking Good Food Volunteer

      Cracking Good Food launched in 2010, with the aim of encouraging and supporting more people to cook affordable, seasonal and nutritious homemade food from scratch. Driven by our belief Read more…

  • BAME support

      About Us Home Start Manchester Work To Help & Support Families During Times Of Need! About the role: All our volunteers must be parents themselves or have parenting experience. Read more…

  • Kidscan Collection Volunteer

      Help raise money for vital childhood cancer research Are you confident and outgoing with a passion for fundraising? Do you love to socialise and meet people from all different Read more…

  • Phone Volunteer

      Hullo are a national non-profit organisation and conversation is at the heart of everything we do.  Being a phone volunteer with us at Hullo would primarily consist of chatting Read more…

  • Festival and Event Welfare

      W.E.L.Safe CIC is a not for profit organisation that provides confidential and non-judgemental information and support around issues such as drugs and alcohol, sexual health, mental health and wellbeing Read more…

  • Inclusion Ambassador

      At Healthwatch Manchester we are aware of disparities between health and social care services for protected groups and inclusion health groups. This role has been developed to help us Read more…

  • Volunteer with Cancer Research UK

      WE NEED EVENT DAY VOLUNTEERS After a year where vital cancer trials have been delayed, the Race for Life is more important than ever. We couldn't make these events Read more…

  • Race For Life Event Volunteer – Cancer Research UK

      Each year over 700,000 people join the fight against cancer by taking part in an event and fundraising in aid of Cancer Research UK, they can't cross the finish Read more…

  • One Manchester Gardening Club

      One Manchester Volunteering Programme A volunteering programme following a full growing season at Platt Fields Market Garden. The sessions will be every Thursday from 10:00AM-4:00PM with a catered lunch Read more…

  • Manchester Cathedral Welcomer

      As a Cathedral welcomer you are the first person to meet and greet our visitors to Manchester. We are proud of the warm welcome our visitors receive, whether they Read more…

  • Literacy Champion

      As part of Read Manchester, we are looking for people in Manchester to become Literacy Champions in their local communities. What is a Literacy Champion? Literacy Champions want to Read more…

  • Manchester Day – Event Volunteers

      On Sunday 19 June, tens of thousands of people will fill the streets to celebrate our fantastic city as Manchester Day returns. We are looking for enthusiastic people to Read more…

  • Manchester Day – Creative Volunteers

      On Sunday 19 June, tens of thousands of people will fill the streets to celebrate our fantastic city as Manchester Day returns. We are looking for enthusiastic people to Read more…

  • Business Development Support – Hullo

      Hullo are a national non-profit organisation. Conversation is at the heart of everything we do. You can chat with our volunteers about anything at all.  Our phone lines are Read more…

  • Power Up- Event Support Volunteer

      Power Up is back for 2022! We are looking for a team of enthusiastic volunteers, with an interest in gaming. Volunteers will act as event hosts, helping to ensure Read more…

  • Planting Stories: Garden Volunteer

      The Science and Industry Museum is currently going through a transformative period of masterplan projects that includes: The Power Hall (upper yard), The 1830 Warehouse and the new Special Read more…

  • Manchester Jewish Museum Volunteers

    Manchester Jewish Museum are recruiting for new volunteers!Do you want to be part of a brand new museum? Do you want to help bring people together and share Jewish stories Read more…

  • Reading Nature’s Library

    Help Manchester Museum discover the treasures in its collection and help us unlock this information and release our collection’s potential. This is an exciting opportunity to volunteer from home with Read more…