Your Army Museum Needs You!
Our brilliant team of volunteers work with our staff to support us in all areas of the museum.
We are part of the Pioneering Volunteer Makers programme, supported by Arts Council England.
You can find out more about our current volunteering roles and opportunities:
- by viewing online at our Volunteer Makers page
- by emailing email@example.com
- by telephoning 01904 461010
What our volunteers say…
“I have always had a deep interest in history, and whilst I studied it at university and taught it in schools, until I volunteered with the York Army Museum I had never really seen how much a museum can engage, enrich and entertain people. Working in a regimental army museum is a unique experience. You never know who the next person to visit the museum will be. It could be a former soldier of the regiment, who will only too gladly tell you a cracking tale about their army days or perhaps will wander into a profound reminiscence of courage or loss; it could be a someone bringing in rare or obscure artefact for the archivists, or who is seeking information about a long-lost relative for their 'family tree', or perhaps it's a visitor from absolutely anywhere in the world! Opportunities to volunteer in museums in York are competitive, so I am glad to have the opportunity to do so with the York Army Museum. It has given me invaluable experience to successfully gain employment in the wider museum sector in York.”
Duncan Marks, Visitor Services Assistant Volunteer
“On the death of my wife in Oct 2014 and after arranging all our affairs I realised that I would have time on my hands as over the last four years my life was devoted to caring for Gillian. Alan Henshall , Assistant Regimental Secretary , for the Royal Dragoon Guards, who I have known for some years, said the museum required volunteers, especially people associated with the army and Regiment.
“I thought what a good idea, especially as I served 22 years in the 5th Dragoon Guards and my father in law served in the Regiment from 1926 to 1941 so knew a lot of Regimental history.
“I started volunteering in February 2015 initially cleaning the exhibits prior to the opening of the museum in May. I now mainly in the shop desk twice a week, but hope to do archiving later on. What I really enjoy about volunteering is talking to visitors about their military experiences especially if their relatives or themselves served in the 5th Dragoon Guards.”
Paul Bray, Collections and Visitor Services Assistant Volunteer
“Volunteering for the York Army Museum as an intern from The University of York has been a very rewarding and eye-opening experience. All the team at the YAM have been exceptionally kind and done their utmost to make sure that I have had the broadest range of museum experience they could offer. This has personally been very helpful as I wish to pursue a career within heritage and museum based work in the future. During my time at YAM I have experienced some of the central skills required to work at a museum. This has involved learning about the conservation of objects, what goes into researching and then putting on a new exhibition, and the importance of social media. I have very much enjoyed being part of YAM’s campaign to promote interest in the Waterloo 200 exhibition to mark the 200 year anniversary of the battle. I feel like I have learnt a lot during my time at YAM, not just about the running of museum’s or the construction of an exhibition but also about 19th century warfare, its armies and regiments, resulting in a new found interest in this period of history.”