Volunteer Opportunity: Education Volunteer

Title: Education volunteer

(Term time position, optionally combined with Front of House volunteer roles during holidays – see role descriptions for those volunteer roles)

Accountability: Learning and Access Manager and Senior Curator and Archivist.

Hours: This role will require a flexible time commitment during weekday work hours. Ideally volunteers should be able to offer at least a full day each week.

Location: The National Justice Museum, Shire Hall, High Pavement, The Lace Market, Nottingham NG1 1HN.

Purpose of role:

– To assist the facilitators in the setting up of the workshops and lunchrooms before the group arrives.

To support the facilitator in the delivery of the workshops with the group.

– To assist the setting down of the workshops and lunchrooms once the group have left.

National Justice Museum Education delivers Courtroom and Museum workshops to school groups from Key Stage 1 to 5 and beyond. We also have University, home education, youth groups, SEN and adult learning groups visiting us.

During Courtroom workshops the students get to develop a trial script based on an historical or contemporary civil or criminal case and then present this in our Civil Court.

Museum workshops include an opportunity to explore key areas in the museum and meet historical characters as well as a cross-curricular activity on a certain theme such as crime and punishment through time, transportation or capital punishment.

In addition, we also offer a range of activities linked to our sister site, the City of Caves, which explore the geological and historical aspects of the Caves and the people who used them.

Helpful skills/experience: There are no essential skills or experience for this role. However, it would be helpful to have the following:

  • Good interpersonal skills and communication skills
  • Confidence working on own initiative, not under direct supervision
  • Experience working in, volunteering in, or visiting, museums, galleries and heritage sites
  • Experience working with children or young people
  • An interest in history, heritage, or the justice system

Training offered: Training will be offered appropriate to the role. All volunteers receive the National Justice Museum induction, including a health and safety briefing. Volunteers will be notified of further training opportunities, including with external organisations, as and when they are relevant.

Role and responsibilities:

  1. Assist the work of the Learning team to deliver education sessions which meet the organisation’s learning outcomes particularly through supporting the facilitators
  2. Engage the students with the education activities
  3. Treat the museum site and collections with care and respect
  4. Adhere to the Volunteer Agreement
  5. To give a sustainable level of commitment and communicate clearly with supervisors

Benefits of Volunteering at the National Justice Museum:

  • See ‘behind the scenes’ of one of Nottingham’s most important heritage sites and best-loved visitor attractions
  • Gain experience in a working environment and gain valuable work-related skills, particularly relevant to the heritage and tourism sectors
  • Be part of a significant Heritage Lottery Fund project
  • Gain practical, hands on experience
  • Be part of a close-knit, award winning team
  • Meet new people and have fun
  • Be reimbursed for any travel expenses

For more information, contact volunteer@nationaljusticemuseum.org.uk