Kirkgate Costumed Volunteer

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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


York Castle MuseumEye of YorkYork, North Yorkshire YO1 9RYGB


Opened in 1938, Kirkgate became the world’s finest re-created Victorian Street.

Its period shops and cobbled thoroughfare have captured the imagination of generations and helped make many fond and lasting memories for our visitors.

Having researched contemporary costume from the late Victorian period based on York Castle Museum’s collection, alongside researching the daily lives of people working in Victorian York, we have made a series of reproduction costumes to enhance the existing visitor experience. We are now in a position to develop a team of costumed volunteers to interact with the public, talking to visitors about Kirkgate and demonstrating the daily activities of shop keepers. As a costumed volunteer, you can chose to be in one of two shops: the Chemist or Sweet Shop. No previous experience is necessary as full training will be given, but you must be confident in dealing with the public and happy to handle small amounts of cash. The volunteers are not 'in character’ so you will not be acting, you will be explaining what Victorian life was like in the space and talking about the period in general.

You should be confident in speaking in front of members of the public, be able to engage with a range of people of different ages and backgrounds, and have the ability to quickly learn new information. Experience of cash handling would be advantageous as both shops have period appropriate products available for visitors to buy. As a costumed volunteer, you must also be comfortable having your picture taken. Please get in touch for more information or for an informal chat about the roles.


  • Customer Service

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Minimum one 3hr session per week

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