Grampian Transport Museum is a volunteer-led organisation which is supported by a small number of paid staff.
Much of the progress achieved over the past 30 years can be credited to the hard work and determination of volunteers, who are all appreciated and looked after.
Our volunteers are men and women of all ages and from all walks of life. Some are looking to pass on their knowledge and skills as they enter retirement, others are looking to develop new skills and add vital experience to their CV.
There are always a wide variety of volunteering opportunities at the museum, some of which are listed below.
This role contributes to the success of Grampian Transport Museum by working in the exhibition, supporting our visitors and answering their questions. This will also involve the care and upkeep of our loan and collection vehicles, ensuring they are clean and presentable for display. In the off-season, this role would be involved in the setting up of the new exhibitions for the season under direction of the Curatorial Team. No specialist knowledge is required however it will be a requirement to know what is on display and being able to answer visitor questions, should any arise, or direct them towards the Curatorial Team for more information.
This role contributes to the success of Grampian Transport Museum by supporting the front of house operation and retail function of the museum. This will involve welcoming visitors, giving the welcome brief and setting up visitors with the tablet tour. In the retail space, this will involve replenishing and counting stock and ensuring the shelves are clean, tidy and ticketed appropriately. No specialist knowledge is required, but an interest in welcoming our visitors and driving revenue through our retail space would be desirable.
This role contributes to the success of Grampian Transport Museum by supporting the events programme both within the museum and in the arena. This role is multifaceted and the specifics are outlined in the relevant event Operations Manual, but includes marshalling, crowd control, speaking to visitors, supporting with the ticketing operation, setting up/breaking down before and after events and other duties as assigned and agreed by the Event Organiser. No specialist knowledge is required unless indicated.
This role contributes to the success of Grampian Transport Museum by ensuring the grounds are kept neat, tidy and clear of debris. This role also involve grass cutting and the planting and upkeep of flower beds and pots, ensuring a colourful and attractive display is on offer to our visitors. Knowledge of the care and propagation of plants and flowers would be desirable, along with an interest in creating displays.
Steam Team Assistant
This role contributes to the success of Grampian Transport Museum by demonstrating our steam vehicles to visitors and answering their questions accordingly. This role will also involve the cleaning and ongoing routine maintenance of the vehicles, along with inputting into the future development of the steam experience at the museum. Knowledge of steam is essential as well as knowledge of the safe operation of such vehicles, object specific training will be given.
This role contributes to the success of Grampian Transport Museum by supporting our collections management processes in line with SPECTRUM guidelines. This will involve the documenting of objects, accessioning in line with our Collecting Policy, updating records on our collections management database and researching objects where applicable for exhibition development. This role also extends to our extensive collection of books and magazines which are housed in the GTM Library. No specific knowledge is required however an interest in the objects we handle and an interest in their care and preservation is essential, alongside attention to detail and good organisational skills.
This role contributes to the success of Grampian Transport Museum by supporting the educational aims and objectives of the charity, providing an educational experience to schools and other interested bodies (i.e. universities). This role is flexible in delivery, but being engaging and knowledgeable is a prerequisite to ensure a quality experience for all involved. This role will commonly involve the delivery of sessions to schools on request at the museum.
This role contributes to the success of Grampian Transport Museum by supporting the conservation efforts of the museum. This can involve anything from the documenting of conditions of objects to re-fabricating and rebuilding entire objects to restore them to their original form. There will also be other ad-hoc duties required of this role, such as supporting the exhibition development process by building fixtures as required. This role is technical in nature, and as such requisite skills are required.
This role contributes to the success of Grampian Transport Museum by supporting the catering operation within the museum. This could involve anything from helping set up the tearoom for a day’s service, preparing food for our visitors, creating handcrafted beverages to serve or clearing tables to ensure the tearoom looks its best. Full training will be provided – this will include Food Safety training and how to operate the espresso machine.