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Volunteering with us has never been more exciting.

We offer a wide range of roles, including education, conservation, retail, maintenance, administration, marketing and tour guiding.

No experience is necessary, we offer full training and support!

So what are you waiting for? Come down to the museum today for the exciting change to meet people of all ages, build new friendships and spend time in a safe working environment steeped in history.

Please get in touch!

For more information, please email us, or call 01287 642877.

Meanwhile, check out the different departments here at the museum:

Tour Guides

Our Tour Guides comprise retired steelworkers, driving instructors, retail supervisors and people seeking work experience.

Our Tour is split into three 30 minute sections (making up our 90 minute tour). There’s no need for prior knowledge, as full training given. Just bring your smile, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn and meet new people.

Reception and Retail Assistants

Our retail staff are made up of those seeking employment and retired retail assistants, secretaries and retired teachers.

These are the first part of our visitor experience. The friendly face at the front door. Responsible for welcoming our visitors, keeping tours to time, cash handling and stocking up our shop. They also handle the phones and the radios of the guides. They are the cornerstones of our museum.


Our Volunteers here love helping to bring history to life. They don’t just bring the Victorian Experience. They also help with Ice Age, Roman, Viking, and Anglo-Saxon activities. As well as Coastal, Rivers and Fossil workshops and Family Craft activities. Fancy having some fun and inspiring youngsters?


Bricklayers, electricians, gardeners and those who just enjoy wielding a paint brush. The maintenance team are the foundations of the museum, helping with general repairs, keeping the site clean and tidy and supporting events.

Collections Team

From students and volunteers seeking experience to retired steelworkers and librarians, they help to preserve and protect our artefacts for generations to come.

Currently undertaking the vast task of recording all our records and placing them onto our electronic modes system, before beginning the process of removal onto storage sites in preparation for our potential new museum to be built.



Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum is a fast growing, forward thinking museum concentrating on the industries of Teesside, especially ironstone mining being on the site of the oldest ironstone mine in the region. The museum is looking for similar minded people to fill open positions at the museum during this exciting period of growth and expansion.

For more information, please email, or call 01287 642877 and ask for Graham Banwell.

Collections and Engagement Officer

Advert posted: 08 April 2019

Closing date: 02 May 2019

Interviews: During the week of 6 May 2019

Hours: 30 hours per week

Salary: £20,020 pro rata, for 30 hours per week (£17,160 pa).

This post is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum seeks to employ a Collections Officer to maintain our unique collection based around the Ironstone Mining Industry and to assist in our exciting redevelopment of the museum. You will oversee the work of our volunteer collections team and work closely with the design team to produce permanent and temporary exhibitions. You will be expected to have at least 2 years’ experience within a museum collection environment and be familiar with the latest SPECTRUM and Accreditation standards. You will also have experience of engaging with the public through displays and exhibitions.

For further information please contact our Director, Graham Banwell.