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Areas of Volunteering

We’re looking for friendly folk to join our team.  We’re offering training, ongoing support and the opportunity to experience time in one of the premier Museum sites in the country.

Our volunteer opportunities are many and varied. With both domestic and industrial volunteer stations to animate, there's a chance for anyone to be involved,  volunteering groups at BCLM include:

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New opportunities

Take a look at our current opportunities

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Visitor Engagement

Share Black Country  stories with our visitors  and join our visitor engagement team

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The Boat Dock

Join our team  to assist in maintaining our historic boat dock 

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Industry Team

Get  your hands dirty and learn a new skill with our  industrial demonstrations team

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Collections

Learn more about behind the scenes of the Museum in our archives and storerooms

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Knit & Natter

Meet up for a  knit and natter with our  regular group to help knit items for  BCLM's costume collection

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Buses

Join our Black Country Museum Transport Group

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Mine & Steam Volunteers

Join our Mine & Steam Team

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President, Steam Narrowboat

Friends of President, Steam Narrowboat

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Vintage Cars

The Black Country Motor Company

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Friends

The Friends of Black Country Museum

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Gardening Team

Grow vegetables in our cottage gardens and help with our period planting to bring our gardens to life.

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The Locksmith's House

Find out about opportunities at our sister Museum in Willenhall

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Sewing Room

Open to all who have a good level of sewing skills and a passion for vintage clothing

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Events & Activities

Helping deliver a range of family friendly events, activities and workshops

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Hire & Hospitality

Be a part of our daytime and evening corporate events.

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Retail & Admissions

Gain customer service skills and help to deliver an exceptional visitor experience.

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Learning Volunteer

Support our Learning Team with research and clerical tasks

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Audience & Community

Join our team to help us grow and diversify our visitor base.

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Outdoor Projects

Supporting to successfully complete outdoor maintenance tasks across the whole of the Museum's village.

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Corporate Volunteers

Have a fantastic team-building day with your business colleagues 

Corporate Volunteering

If you have some spare time and would like to be involved, we’d like to hear from you! 

How to apply

You can view our current opportunities to find a role that may be of interest to you. If you’d like to apply, please download an application form and send it to us via email: volunteering@bclm.com  or  post: Volunteer Manager, Black Country Living Museum, Tipton, Dudley DY1 4SQ.

In your application form, please make sure to let us know your area of interest so we can determine whether we have a suitable opportunity available for you.

The application process

Once you have sent an application form to us, your details will be passed on to the relevant Team Manager who will then assess your application. Once this information has been passed on, please allow two weeks for the manager to carefully review your application and determine whether we have the right opportunity for you.

You may be invited to come in for an informal chat with a member of the team, but don’t panic – this isn’t a job interview. We like to use this time as a ‘get to know you’ session. We will talk to you about the role we have in mind and you can ask us any questions you may have about volunteering with us.

Training and getting started

Ongoing training and support is available for the duration of your volunteering. We make sure that each person is happy with their role, responsibilities, and training before beginning their volunteering. Our training process is as follows:

  1. Formal Induction to BCLM – during this 30 minute induction, your nominated role coordinator or the Volunteer Manager will give you a guided tour of the site making sure to point out notable places, as well as showing you to your specific volunteer role area/station. You will also be given a Volunteer Handbook which includes all paperwork relevant to your specific volunteer role, including health and safety information that you need to be aware of while volunteering with us. If costume is required for your role, you will be taken to our costume room to be measured (costume to be collected on first ‘solo’ day of volunteering).
  2. Training/Buddy Session – Once you have received your induction, you will be invited to come in for an initial training session with either an experienced member of staff or fellow volunteer who will train you on all aspects of the role. Training will differ depending on the nature of the role, but if at any time you are unsure or would like to be taken through something again, please let your nominated role coordinator or the Volunteer Manager know so we can arrange further training for you (we may ask you to come in for a second training session for this).
  3. First day (solo session) – Once you are comfortable with the role and are happy, we will agree when you’ll come in for your first volunteer session. Everything you have learnt so far will be put into practice. There is a Duty Manager on site every day, and you can always go to your nominated role coordinator or the Volunteer Manager if you’d like any further support.
  4. Trial Period (first three months) – training at your own pace. We offer ongoing training as appropriate to your role and individual needs.
  5. Congratulations – Once all of the above has been completed, you are then a fully-fledged member of the BCLM Volunteer team. 
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