Get involved at the Museum of Nottingham Life, at Brewhouse Yard


Volunteers support at Brewhouse Yard (BHY) in a variety of ways, from meeting and greeting,  helping us care for collections, assisting with family friendly events to gardening  and research work. Without volunteer support we would be unable to open the museum every weekend to the public. As such volunteers are integral part of Brewhouse yard and in 2015 they won an array of awards, including an  award  for the gardens from East Midland in Bloom and the Regional and National Award for  ‘Volunteers in Museum Learning for 2014’  from the British Museum.

You will be sure to find a friendly welcome, will likely make a whole host of new friends and learn a great deal more about Nottingham heritage so have a look below at current opportunities!

Current Opportunities

Visitor Service Assistants

Volunteers take an active part in providing information and assistance to enhance the visitor’s experience by welcoming visitors, providing information about the history of the site and supervising the contents of each room ensuring their safety. Role Description here: Brewhouse Yard Visitor Services Assistant

School Master/Mistress

The School Master/Mistress provides a warm welcome for all visitors. Located in rock cottage they will help bring the BHY Victorian school room alive through delivering historical relevant information in an engaging, accurate and entertaining manner and facilitating various activities whilst in costume. Role Description here: Costumed Interpretor


Assist our group of friendly and enthusiastic volunteers in tending the gardens. Tasks include all aspects of garden maintenance (no machinery used) such as weeding, planting, sweeping etc. Role Description here: Brewhouse Yard Gardeners

Museum Care Ambassadors

We need enthusiastic friendly faces to help deliver a series of creative/art inspired workshops in partnership with a number of care settings that support older people. The handling collection, the temporary arts exhibition programme at Nottingham Castle and other cross-site exhibitions at Nottingham Castle, Wollaton Hall and Newstead Abbey can all be used as inspiration for the workshop content. The main aim is to improve the health and well being of the participants through creative practice and enable many older people to enjoy our collections and exhibitions without having to visit our museum sites. Please note this role is based at  various community care settings – residential homes, day care centres etc. Role Description here: Museums Care Ambassador


Find out how to apply here........


Once you have found a volunteer role that best suits your skills and interests, please complete an Application Form. We regret that due to the number of applications we receive we are not able to accept them all. Our ability to offer a placement, at your preferred area or museum site can be affected by the time of year or the type of projects which may be running at any one time.

An application form can be found here: NCMG application form


All applicants are required to attend a one to one interview with a volunteer coordinator, to learn more about Nottingham Museums, our values, policies, to talk further about the role you have applied to do, and as a chance for you to ask any questions. It is also an opportunity for us to get you know better and ensure you are placed in the role best suited to your skills and interests.


All volunteers will receive an general induction to NCMG and to their specific site or role. Induction is designed as a friendly welcome and introduction to the site and area you will be volunteering at and will provide you with a clear idea of what to expect in your first days and weeks. It will also help you understand how you will be contributing to the museum service.

Why I Volunteer at The Brewhouse Yard Gardens

I have always had a passion for plants and growing things, so it was something of a challenge when I moved to Nottingham and a house without a proper garden to find myself an outlet for my enthusiasm. I often walked through the Brew House Yard and was delighted when by happy chance, one spring day I came upon a group of enthusiastic volunteers busily working on a new “Dig for Victory “ vegetable plot and a Victorian fern grotto, it was just what I was looking for needed to fulfill my nuturing needs, I signed up at once.

There are so many rewards to gardening at the Brewhouse – the great group of friends that I have met here, the chance to do something really positive for the community, the joy of seeing our hard work paying off as the the plants respond to our loving care and the positive response and appreciation we receive from the public. And it is not only the humans who seem to appreciate our work, the wild life like it too, butterfies and bees haunt the herbs and bask in the sun on the giant thistle, a family of frogs live in our compost heap, hedgehogs have moved in to a desirable residence among the old leaves and of course our robin who keeps us company while we dig and who has his home in the cave.

A couple of hours twice a month in this delightful location on a nice sunny day, keeping in touch with the natural world and chatting with friends and visitors as we lean on our spades with a cup of tea in true old fashioned spirit is a wonderful antidote to the rush of modern life, we really are transported back to simpler, more idyllic rose-tinted times. The pace is easy , the work not too demanding and the pleasures great.


Garden Volunteer

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