Meet the Volunteer: Issac McBurney

Meet Isaac, our Apprentice Education Assistant

First in a new blog series, where we meet the volunteers that make Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum what it is and find out why they volunteer. First up is Isaac McBurney, Apprentice Education Assistant


I first came as a volunteer to CIMM in August 2016. Before I came to CIMM, I had been doing an apprenticeship in customer service, and I had enjoyed working with children. I initially replied to an advert for someone to help on the website, but later in the week I started helping Jean and the Education team and had a great time. As I worked more with the Education team, I felt really valued at CIMM, and by February 2017 funding had been found for me to do an apprenticeship for 18 months through Redcar & Cleveland College.

I’ve found working with children the best bit of volunteering here at CIMM, but I’ve also enjoyed getting to know everyone with all the variety of skills and experience we have at the museum. I’ve worked with children before, but it’s different in a museum setting and I’ve really liked that.

I’ve also learnt new skills volunteering here. As a volunteer tour guide, I’ve enjoyed learning about the history of the mine and the mining industry from our experienced guides. I’ve also developed public speaking skills and how to use different communication skills for different groups. The museum has also offered me safeguarding training.

The best things about volunteering at CIMM are the opportunities it offers, and the variety; no two days are the same.