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Volunteering at National Waterways Museum


Helping bring our museum to life...

Museums offer fascinating, enjoyable and rewarding volunteering opportunities.  At the National Waterways Museum volunteers; 

  • become part of an enthusiastic community of people
  • spend time in a unique and historic, waterside setting
  • learn about fascinating histories and stories
  • work in a sociable and friendly environment
  • use their skills and knowledge in new and rewarding ways
  • hone or learn new skills.

Volunteers also receive free soup or a sandwich in the museum's waterside café when they work a half day or a day.

We need volunteers to help out in many different ways; 

Many volunteers also get involved in helping out with a variety of events at the Museum.

The Boat Museum Society works closely with museum management to organise and develop Museum volunteering. In particular the BMS provides training and support, and new volunteers also receive free membership of the Society.

Whether you have a few hours a month or a few hours a day, we would love to hear from you. 

For more information or to register interest, click here or phone us on 0151 355 5017.

Young Persons' Volunteering

We've got two exciting free projects for 14 – 25 year olds beginning this coming February on Tuesday evenings here at the National Waterways Museum.


There's a FREE Stand-Up Comedy 6 weeks courses, working with professional comedians and Beyond a Joke comedy specialists and performing in live comedy shows and Comedy Cruises on our trip boat during the Easter and summer holidays. Click here for more.

And an exciting Youth Theatre project directed by one of our Gold Arts Award Young Leaders – Jasmine Parsons and supported by Mark Smith, Artistic Director of Spike Theatre.  The project begins with a full day workshop during the February half-term - 10am – 3pm on Tuesday 22nd Feb and continues every Tuesday evening from 6.30pm – 8.30pm.   The project will culminate on the end of May bank holiday weekend with performances of an original heritage promenade production in the old Porters Row cottages, street and gardens here at the museum site. Click here for more.



 Helping out moving boats at the Museum.

Working on the engines in the Power Hall.

Volunteers in traditional clothing.



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