Museum Collections Move Volunteer

An opportunity to get hands-on with historical objects & discover behind-the-scenes at a museum
Flexible hours Mon 13th Sep – Fri 31st Dec

Wakefield Museums & Castles are working on a major project to move around 40% of our collections to a new extension of our museum store. Although we’re not moving far, it is vital that we carefully pack and move our objects, to ensure nothing is damaged, and keep accurate records of what we have moved. 

We are looking for volunteers to assist us with this project. This will involve helping our team to carefully pack objects, move them to the new extension, and keep accurate records of movement, ensuring that all objects remain safe at all times. This is an exciting opportunity to work within a friendly and supportive team on a major project, getting hands-on with a variety of objects. You will be helping us to preserve our history and heritage for generations to come.

Working closely with our staff team, you will:

-      Pack museum objects using conservation materials and methods.

-      Carefully move objects into the new extension.

-      Keep accurate records of new locations.

You don’t have to do all of these tasks – so if you’re keen to pack objects, but don’t fancy lifting or carrying, or vice versa, that's fine.


Travel expenses will be covered


Arts, DIY and practical skills

Suitable for

People new to volunteering, People who are shy, People volunteering together, People seeking work


Accessible toilet(s), Wheelchair accessible

Minimum age


Skills gained

Teamwork, Conservation skills, Object handling, Record-keeping

Skills needed

Listening, Teamwork, Manual dexterity



Wakefield Museums & Castles

Wakefield One, Burton Street, Wakefield, UK
Wakefield Museums & Castles is the museum service for the Wakefield district. We have three museums in Wakefield, Castleford and Pontefract, and two castles in Pontefract and Sandal. We hold collections of over 110,000 objects, which record the history of our district from prehistory to modern day.
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