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National Waterways Museum Gloucester Gallery Guides

Our museum is jam packed with exciting objects telling the stories of Gloucester’s Waterways and we’d like to be able to offer more guided tours to help visitors make sense of them. You might want to devise a tour based around a period or aspect of the Waterways’ History, a focus on a type of object, like canal-wear, or a wider theme like Women on the canals. You might want to create a tour for a particular group like children, people with sight impairments, or make it into an adventure or weave it around a story. Whatever your idea for the tour theme or style, we’d be interested in seeing if we can provide it for visitors.


What's involved?

This role would involve devising a tour around the museum involving appropriate exhibits for your theme. We’d like you to be able to talk about the exhibits you pick but also link them back to your theme. You would run the tour at set times (to be organised with you) for a small groups. We would suggest that the tour took 20 – 30 minutes but we can negotiate this with you if you wanted to do something a bit longer.

You’d need to be comfortable leading a small group and talking to the public and answering their questions, but we don’t expect you to be a fully polished tour guide at the start. We are happy to have volunteers that need space and experience to let their skills grow, so if you have enthusiasm and passion to pass on your knowledge, volunteer for this role. You can also spend time before we launch the tour getting to know the objects in the museum and doing some research to let your tour come together, so if you’ve got a good tour idea but haven’t got it fully formed yet, again don’t let this put you off.

We could negotiate the exact time slot and the frequencies of the tours with you, so you might be looking at a long term once a week or fortnight type commitment, or to do a tour every day, but just for a week or fortnight, or something in between. Just let us know and we’ll try really hard to accommodate you.

Our museum is fully accessible so we welcome tour guides from our whole community.

Why get involved?

If you enjoy talking to people and sharing your knowledge of Gloucester’s Waterways, want to develop your talk, tour and customer service skills, or already have those skills and want to share them with visitors this is the volunteering opportunity for you! You’ll have great access to our collections and records, so you’ll definite add to your own knowledge.

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

  • Copywriting
  • Customer Service
  • Event Management
  • Event Stewarding
  • Reading/Storytelling
  • Research
  • Working independently
  • Working with Children 6 - 12yrs
  • Working with Young People

Ideal Interests

  • Community Work
  • Creative and Arts
  • Event & Project Management
  • Events and Programming
  • Learning and Education
  • Marketing and communications
  • Visitor Service/ Front of House
  • Curatorial/Working with Museum Collection

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