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Education Explorer at National Waterways Museum Gloucester


The National Waterways Museum Gloucester is housed in Llanthony Warehouse situated in the heart of Gloucester Docks. It has recently re-opened after a £1 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant which saw the displays and the warehouse building itself refurbished, a new entrance added and the Sabrina 5 barge, part of the National Historic Fleet just like the Cutty Sark and HMS Victory) refurbished to offer temporary exhibition space and a venue for education and hires.


Now we have the infrastructure sorted we are keen to increase our engagement with children and young people through our education programme. We need explorer volunteers to help with education sessions at the Waterways Museum Gloucester, out and about on the waterways as well as in schools and at youth group venues. We also run family activities at weekends and school holidays that many of our Explorer volunteers also get involved with.  You’ll be enthusing children and young people about the history, wildlife, science and art of the waterways as well as letting them know how they can stay safe on and around the water.

What's involved?

Our Explorer Education volunteers help deliver interactive education sessions to children and young people. Most of our school group visits are made by primary school aged children, but on occasions you might be working with older age groups. Our sessions are based around the waterways; their history and wildlife or the science and technology around them. We also do art based sessions and look at water safety. As well as delivering sessions for formal education groups, we also provide sessions for scout, brownie and other youth groups.

Many of our sessions take place at the National Waterways Museum Gloucester. However, some take place out in the classroom, youth group venues or by the waterways themselves. The ability to travel to different venues is useful, but lack of your own transport is not a barrier to you volunteering with us.

Most sessions take place in term time and school hours, although we also do family activities that take place in the school holidays, evenings or at the weekend.

Ideally you would be able to offer your time flexibly to respond to the education requests as required and be available 3 or 4 times a month. If you can do more that would be very much appreciated, but we do understand that you are likely to be juggling other commitments as well. You’ll also need to be able to commit to training and the odd team meeting as well, but again these will be arranged as flexibly as possible.

Many of our Explorer volunteers come with previous experience of working with children. However, we are also very pleased to welcome those wanting to start and gain experience of this – everyone has to start somewhere! You will need to be willing and able to work outside and be reasonably confident talking to and leading workshops with children. We know your confidence will grow as you gain more experience though so don’t worry if your teaching style is not perfectly polished to start with! Most of all though you need the desire and drive to enthuse groups of children and young people about their waterways.

Why get involved?

As an Education Explorer volunteer you be part of some of the most memorable experiences of children and young people’s lives (who doesn’t remember their school trips!) You get excellent experience of working with children and young people and of delivering workshops and activities  to them. Many careers and jobs, such as teaching or youth leadership, that involve working with children require you to have previous experience in some setting. It’s a very dynamic volunteering role; you’ll get experience of thinking on your feet, coping with questions that can really come out of left field, and dealing with large groups of people, all in a very enjoyable environment. We can guarantee you’ll be smiling all the way through!


You’ll receive full training for the role and all the resources that are required for the sessions through a number of training days and team meetings. You’ll have the support of an education co-ordinator as well as other volunteers in your team. We are also able to reimburse you for all your travel costs.

How to get involved?

  1. Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
  2. Accept the challenge

    3. Await a response from the National Waterways Museum Gloucester with more information. 

Ideal Skills

  • Working with Children 0-5yrs
  • Working with Children 6 - 12yrs
  • Working with Young People

Ideal Interests

  • Learning and Education
  • Teaching and Training

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