Young Volunteers

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Would you like to make new friends, meet interesting people?
Do you need some experience to help with your CV, job applications or personal statements?
Would you like to learn new skills such as dealing with customers, handling artefacts, researching history?
Would you like to practice your IT skills or use social media skills to share your experiences?

Joining Ripon Museums as a Young Volunteer could be just the thing for you…

We had our first meeting of the new term and had a great time with an enthusiastic group of 11-16 years olds.  After getting to know each other and having an odd biscuit or two we began with a tour of the workhouse and found about what life was like for the residents here. No trip to the workhouse is complete with dressing up, no matter how old you are!

Please Sir – can we have some more? Were people really going hungry in the workhouse? We investigated further with the help of the lovely Evie!  

We may have met at the weekend but the school room is never to be missed. The young volunteers’ handwriting skills were tested and checked and thankfully, threats of the cane were not needed! Our dance moves were also tested and how times have moved on- not sure what the Victorians would have made of the Floss!


The next meet ups are on:

Saturday 9th February 2pm-4pm

Saturday 9th March 2pm-4pm

Saturday 13th April 2pm-4pm 


Everyone aged 11–25 years is welcome.

You will be making a difference to your local community, bringing history to life and having fun!

We look forward to seeing you there!


Please call Gemma 01765 690799 or email [email protected]  to book a place 


What our young volunteers say:

“Everything is different and there is such a wide range of activities and roles to do. There is such a welcoming and friendly atmosphere and you learn lots of new things.”
“Volunteering gives you the opportunity to engage with a wide range of people from working with those at the museum to talking to visitors. It has given me an insight into the tourism side of Ripon that I’d never considered. Finally it is very useful in showing me what studying history at University can lead to in terms of museums.”
“The people you work with are kind”
“Meet new people and having fun!”
“ I like dressing up, doing role play and entertaining visitors”