Conservation department - Pack and move Support

The Conservation department are seeking two willing volunteers to help pack and prepare to move some of the science and industry collections

The collections will be moved from unsuitable storage at the Discovery Museum to an offsite store

The role will be:

  • hands on, handling awkward shaped collections
  • physical
  • based in dusty conditions

Safety equipment will be provided, however, sensible shoes are essential

As the store is dusty, you will also be provided with a branded Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums polo shirt and a request to wear a long sleeved top underneath so as not to damage your own clothing

The role will take place once every other week running from 1st June, on a Wednesday

Volunteers will rotate between each other to accommodate the size of the store so that no more than two people are in the store at any time

This is an ongoing project until the objects are moved.


No prior knowledge of the collections is needed

A willingness to learn and to follow instructions is essential

As part of the role, manual handling and collections handling training will be given as part of the onsite induction

The role involves heavy lifting and moving of objects in a small store.

Due to the nature of the collection, social history objects and, science and engineering objects some of the items will be bulky and heavy.


  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
    over 18
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 01/06/2022

End Date: 19/12/2023

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Discovery Museum,
Blandford Square,
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear

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