Hands on Here! at the Castle

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York Castle MuseumEye of YorkYork, North Yorkshire YO1 9RYGB


Hands on Here! is a Trust wide programme where staff and volunteers demonstrate and interpret objects from our collections to visitors. At the Castle there are two broad themes Military and Social. Each theme has a set of activities which volunteers can choose from.

We run a programme of changing activities throughout the year. Some examples include:

Weapons of War - looks at the weapons and tactics used on the western front during the First World War. It gives an insight into how the war was fought by the 'Tommies’ in the trenches.

Bringing up Baby - looks at some of the traditions of childcare, especially feeding, clothing, soothing and entertaining babies. Help visitors swaddle our baby with traditional swaddling clothes and look at how baby clothes developed into the flowing Victorian baby robes and then the modern babygro.

We provide object handling and customer care training for Hands on Here! volunteers as well as specific training sessions for each of the different activities we run. All our volunteers receive a full health and safety site induction.

A minimum commitment of one half day activity session per week or fortnight is acceptable, but volunteers who have more time to offer can always be accommodated. Ideally we like volunteers who think they can commit to the project for at least 6 months, as it can take several weeks to get through the initial training programme.


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Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training

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