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Our student volunteers play a crucial role in helping to make the Picture Gallery and Art Collections accessible and enjoyable to a wide variety of visitors.

What’s involved?

Volunteers welcome visitors to the Picture Gallery during public opening hours, answer questions about the collections from visitors, record visitor numbers and their feedback, and help with lunchtime talks. They also assist in planning art activities and preparing materials for family open days.

Volunteers tend to do about 2-3 shifts a term and one Saturday/ Sunday a term.

Due to the closure of the Picture Gallery and Exhibition Space until 2021 no new volunteers will be taken on this year.

Volunteers are invited to participate in the Short Talks Programme. Volunteers research and deliver 5-10 minute talks on one painting on Wednesdays at 2pm. Participants will:

- Develop research, public speaking and communication skills

- Receive training and development

- Gain further culture & heritage work experience in a gallery of international importance

Occasionally volunteers have the opportunity to undertake special projects with the art collections team, developing family activities, audio and written interpretation. The Curator circulates information about these among current volunteers and interested parties when they come up.

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