Would you like to support your local museum or gallery?

Prescot Museum focuses on the local heritage of Knowsley, its industrial and social history. In addition, Knowsley has two of the best contemporary art galleries in Merseyside: Kirkby Gallery at The Kirkby Centre and Huyton Gallery, within Huyton Library.

Volunteering at Prescot Museum

Prescot Museum houses Knowsley’s local history collection of over 14,000 photographs, documents, and artefacts that tell the social and industrial history of the Borough. The displays change gradually throughout the year, with a rolling programme refreshing the items in the exhibition. Objects are often included in exhibitions at Huyton Gallery and Kirkby Gallery, as well as travelling out to community venues to be displayed in one of our ‘Mini Museums’ mobile exhibitions.

What are we looking for?

  • We are currently looking for volunteers to support us with looking after the Museum’s collection. It is a “behind the scenes” role, rather than working with the general public. This role varies from data inputting on the collection database, object handling and labelling, checking object locations, researching/identifying objects in the collection, preparing items to go on display at one of our venues/on loan to external institutions.
  • If you have an interest in history, or are looking for work experience in the museum sector, we would love to hear from you.
  • A positive and attentive attitude is essential.

Practical Considerations

We ideally are looking for people who have a regular full day or half day available per week, either Tuesdays or Wednesdays, in which to work alongside Museum staff on the collection.

All new volunteers will be supported and undertake their role alongside one of the Museum staff in Prescot Museum Collections Store.

Please note: the Collections Store can only be accessed by three long flights of stairs, no lift is available. If you have limited mobility, there are some tasks which can be undertaken in the Activity Room which is on the same level as Prescot Museum and has step-free access; as it is a shared meeting room, it is not always available.

Volunteering at Kirkby Gallery

Knowsley Galleries display work by local, regional, national and international artists including touring exhibitions from the Hayward Gallery, Arts Council, prominent national artists and art collections, Knowsley’s Annual Open Exhibitions, schools, and community arts projects.  Knowsley Council also works in partnership with other arts agencies to deliver exhibitions such as Liverpool Biennial and pan-Merseyside projects.

What are we looking for?

  • We are currently looking for volunteers to support us with invigilating our exhibitions in Kirkby Gallery, to ensure that a member of our team is present in the galleries at all times, to monitor the gallery and exhibits and help any visitors to the gallery with any questions.
  • If you like the arts, enjoy talking to people and have a regular day in the week spare, we would love to hear from you.
  • A positive, alert and attentive attitude when dealing with the public and gallery visitors is essential.

Practical Considerations

We ideally are looking for people who have a regular full day or half day available per week, in which to invigilate our Galleries. All new volunteers will be supported and undertake their role alongside either one of the gallery staff or another volunteer invigilator, so as to ensure there are two volunteers at any one time in the Gallery.

Benefits of Volunteering at Prescot Museum and/or Kirkby Gallery

In return for your support and because we believe in offering quality volunteering experiences, we offer our volunteers the following:

  • We pay reasonable travel expenses.
  • We provide up to £10 per day for refreshments (for Kirkby Gallery volunteers, this is to be spent in ‘Poco Cafe’ in the Kirkby Centre building).
  • Volunteers are entitled to 25% the label price of anything on sale in any of our exhibitions.
  • We take our volunteers out on gallery/museum visits across the UK, as a team social and research-based day out.
  • For volunteers who want it, we offer professional / arts development guidance.
  • All volunteers are invited to our VIP events and private views.
  • Volunteers will be part of our membership to the ‘Northern Museums Volunteer Pass Scheme’ entitling you to free access to many museums and heritage venues across the North of England.

All volunteers must first undertake a DBS check, which we will pay for.

For further information please contact:
Tina Ball on 0151 443 5617 or email galleries@knowsley.gov.uk