Young volunteer working with the learning team at Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers play an important role in supporting Lakeland Arts at Abbot Hall art gallery, Blackwell, the Arts & Crafts House, and Windermere Jetty, Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories.

We’re currently looking for the following volunteers: Abbot Hall Volunteer Gallery Stewards, Abbot Hall Volunteer Tour Guides, Blackwell Volunteer Stewards, Windermere Jetty Conservation Assistants and Conservation Cleaners. Scroll down for more details.

What are the benefits of volunteering?

Volunteering is a great way to keep active and meet visitors and fellow volunteers. 

There’s a lot of satisfaction in assisting our visitors, and in promoting the arts and heritage in Cumbria.

As a volunteer you’ll get to see behind the scenes at a busy gallery or museum, working alongside our experienced curators and visitor experience team.

In addition our active volunteers also receive:

  • Free admission to Abbot Hall, Blackwell and Windermere Jetty
  • 50% discount in our cafés
  • 10% discount in our shops
  • A Northern Museums Pass which offers free admission to over 250 museums and galleries throughout the north of England.

If you are interested check-out the vacancies below or get in touch: 015398 88055 or

Current volunteer vacancies:

Windermere Jetty Volunteer Conservation Assistant

This is a great opportunity to become part of a small friendly team and to gain an insight into the daily operation of our new museum. We’re looking for three volunteers to help us deliver a preventative conservation cleaning routine at Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories.

This will be an ongoing regular role.

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Windermere Jetty Volunteer Conservation Cleaner

This is an exciting voluntary position working on the restoration of a wooden rowing boat in view of Museum visitors. Our Conservation Assistants play a crucial role in the visitor experience at Windermere Jetty. You’ll help visitors who want to engage with boat conservation ‘hands-on’.

This role will run through the summer holidays from 23 July to 2 September.

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Abbot Hall Volunteer Gallery Stewards

We are looking for volunteer gallery stewards to assist with Abbot Hall’s lively exhibitions programme.

This is a great opportunity to become part of a small friendly team and to gain an insight into the daily running of an important regional art gallery.

Our stewards play a vital role in providing a warm welcome to visitors to the gallery. Having volunteers in the gallery enables Abbot Hall to borrow works of international significance from key institutions and private lenders.

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Abbot Hall Volunteer Tour Guides

Our Tour Guides give guided tours of Abbot Hall, interpreting some of the most interesting artworks on display. Visitors really appreciate this opportunity to learn more about our collection and exhibitions.

Tour Guides generally have a good level of background art knowledge; however our curators will provide plenty of in depth information.

You’ll also need to a good communicator with a clear voice. Most of all we’re looking for genuine enthusiasts who love sharing their passion for art with our visitors.

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Blackwell Volunteer Stewards

Volunteer Stewards help us provide a warm welcome to all our visitors to Blackwell. They help by assisting visitors, providing additional information about the house, and helping to complete visitor surveys.

We’re looking for volunteers with a friendly and welcoming approach to ensure our visitors get the most from their visit. A general interest in history, and the Arts & Crafts movement can help; however we’ll provide plenty of information and training about the house.

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