National Civil War Centre

Get Involved

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering is an excellent way to improve your work skills, enhance your CV, make new friends, give back to the community and have fun. It can create new interests or enrich existing ones as well as being personally rewarding to those that get involved.  Our volunteers are vital to us, helping us to deliver an exceptional level of understanding to our visitors and enhancing their experience across all the events we offer.

What Can You Expect From Us?

As well as the potential to learn new skills and make new friends, you will always receive a very warm welcome, a friendly smile and plentiful supplies of tea, coffee and biscuits. Full training for any project you undertake will be given and rotas will be as flexible as possible to enable people to balance volunteering with their other commitments. 

What Do We Expect From You?

We would love to have your commitment, time, bags of enthusiasm and a friendly can-do attitude and will value any skills and experience that you can share with us. 

Who Can Volunteer?

Generally there are no age restrictions to who can volunteer as long as we have a position for you that will be fulfilling and safe for you and helpful to us.  If you are under 18, a parent or guardian must give permission for you to volunteer and you will be supervised at all times and not left alone. 


If you are interested in joining us please contact for further information, an application form and volunteer role description.  If, having read the role description, you decide to apply, return your application form to us and we will be in touch. We’ll arrange an appointment for you to come in so that we can meet you and discuss your application further and you will be able to ask any questions about the role that you are applying for.  These appointments usually last around 30 minutes and are very informal.

If your application is successful after this appointment we will be back in touch with you to arrange a convenient time to come in for an induction to the role and the National Civil War Centre – Newark Museum.

Volunteer Roles Available

Celebrating Our Volunteers

‌For Volunteers' Week 2020 some of our fantastic volunteers have shared their stories and experiences of working at the National Civil War Centre and our Resource Centre as well as some of their favourite objects from our collection. Click on their names to read more.

A Message From Our Volunteer Manager, Andrea

"My name is Andrea Smedley and I am lucky enough to hold the position of Volunteer Manager for the National Civil War Centre, the Resource Centre, the Palace Theatre and Newark Castle. From 1-7 June it is National Volunteer week and due to the situation with Coronavirus we are unable to celebrate it and thank our volunteers in the way that we normally do. So as we can’t celebrate together, I would just like to say on behalf of all of the staff at Heritage, Culture and Visitors a massive, massive thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers. You all do a fantastic job and we never cease to be amazed at your commitment, skills, knowledge and the enthusiasm that you bring to your roles. You are at the heart of everything that we do and we couldn’t do it without you. We look forward to the time when we can open our doors to the public again, but in the meantime, stay safe and well and know that we are thinking of you."