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Exciting volunteer opportunities at the National Justice Museum

The National Justice Museum is looking for volunteers of all ages and skills to help it continue to deliver a first-rate experience to. The museum and charity (formerly the Galleries of Justice Museum) opened its doors earlier this year after a £1 million redevelopment and these roles will offer volunteers a great way to gain new skills and experiences, meet new people and be part of a team.

The museum and education provider, which has its headquarters in Nottingham, is looking for volunteers to join its Front of House team, its collection team, to, assist with family learning activities and deliver law-focused educational sessions.  The museum is also looking to recruit volunteers for the Creative Court UK project, which is an outreach program based in Nottingham, London and Manchester.

Front of House Volunteers will provide a fantastic welcome, excellent customer service and engage with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. These volunteers will manage entrances, monitor and engage with visitors and support the museum’s front of house staff. Some may even get the opportunity to wear a period costume!

Consisting of over 20,000 items, the museum’s HM Prison Service Collection is the only one in the UK that illustrates the major developments in the history of prisons from 1784 to 2001. The collection includes prisoner and staff costumes dating from 1890 to 2001, archival material and over 6,000 photographs.

The museum is digitising its collection and looking forward to opening sharing it online and the new role would suit anyone with an interest in digital preservation, who is good with detail and confidently able to use a computer or with practical experience of photography.

The museum is also recruiting for volunteers to help with hands-on family learning activities. This would suit those with good interpersonal skills and an interest in working with children, preferably with availability in school holidays. Creative volunteers are also sought to help the museum in the continuing development and delivery of the arts and crafts workshop programme.

The National Justice Museum’s education department is looking for volunteers, with an interest in crime and the law, who can come in and work with groups of all ages during term time. We would also like law students, practicing law professionals or retirees to come and support education sessions, primarily with our courtroom workshops.

The Creative Court UK is seeking volunteers from September 2017-March 2018 in London and Manchester to deliver education outreach in schools using our artist-designed ‘pop-up courtroom’. This opportunity is aimed at people with no prior experience or qualifications in museums or law and who offer a broad representation of our local communities.

Emily Hannah, who has volunteered at the museum said; “Volunteering has lead me to develop in areas, such as research, IT and literary skills, but on a personal level I have created many friendships and have been welcomed as a valued member of the team at the museum and not just as a volunteer.”

If you’re interested in applying for any of the above volunteer positions email volunteer@nationaljusticemuseum.org.uk

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