Exhibition Research Volunteer

Help us uncover the stories of women in the Wakefield district, to inform our exhibition programme
Flexible hours Mon 22nd Nov – Sun 31st Jul

In 2022-23, Wakefield Museums & Castles will be exploring the stories of the women who have made their mark on the Wakefield district, in an exciting programme of exhibitions and displays across our venues and associated digital content.   

We are looking for Research Volunteers to support our Curators in uncovering the fascinating stories associated with women in our district. This research will feed into and inform our programme of exhibitions and displays, and associated digital content. We need you to use a variety of sources to find exciting stories that will educate and inspire our visitors and audiences. 

You will carry out historical research using a variety of sources, such as articles, websites like FindMyPast, other museum or archive collections, and books. You may visit archives to research original documents (if willing). We'll need you to write up your research in a clear and concise way, with reference to your sources.

Topics include Pontefract's female Victorian business owners, Alice Gostick, women's rugby, women in the tailoring industry, and significant women in the city of Wakefield, including Jean Tyrell, Sheila Capstick and Ann Dixon.


Travel and other personal expenses incurred will be paid, in line with our policy.



Suitable for

People seeking work, People volunteering together, People who are shy, People with limited mobility, People working on their wellbeing, People new to volunteering


Accessible toilet(s), Autism friendly, Wheelchair accessible

Minimum age


Skills gained


Skills needed

Research, IT / Computers, Reading & writing


Own computer (or access to one), References

Wakefield Museums & Castles

Wakefield One, Burton Street, Wakefield, UK
Wakefield Museums & Castles is the museum service for the Wakefield district. We have three museums in Wakefield, Castleford and Pontefract, and two castles in Pontefract and Sandal. We hold collections of over 110,000 objects, which record the history of our district from prehistory to modern day.
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