Jobs & volunteering

Here you can find information about jobs and volunteering at Bristol Culture, which includes Bristol Museums.


All of our jobs and paid internships are advertised on Bristol City Council’s jobs board.

Senior Archivist

We are seeking a new Senior Archivist for Bristol Archives to support management of our service, lead our public offer, and work on partnership projects with diverse communities.

You will need a postgraduate qualification in archive administration and relevant professional archives experience. You should also be willing to work occasional Saturdays, evenings, and public holidays.

Salary:£32,029 – £33,799

You can find out more and apply here

Information & Records Manager

We are seeking a new Senior Archivist for Bristol Archives to support management of our service, lead our public offer, and work on partnership projects with diverse communities. You will take forward digital and other developments in our public services, as well as working to raise our profile, and overseeing our programme of events and exhibitions.

The Information & Records Manager is responsible for the strategic development and provision of an effective customer-focussed information and records management service.

We’re currently focusing on continuous improvement of protecting and using information for the public good and  increasing our revenue from records management with third parties. We’d like you to help with our digital preservation aims and electronic document and records management systems.

In addition to strategy, you’ll focus on practical day-to-day records management of Council and third-party records with your small team.

You will work closely with our Archives service to look at opportunities for identifying, collecting and preserving records that the council should retain permanently.

This role is based within Culture & Creative Industries but will work Council wide and in particular with the Information Assurance group.

Salary:£32,029 – £33,799

You can find out more and apply here

Creative Workforce for the Future: Bristol Museums Programming Placement

Placement description

This is an exciting opportunity to develop excellent skills and experience in the programming department for Bristol Culture & Creative Industries.  The team works with colleagues across the service, together with external partners to develop and deliver the temporary exhibitions, events and the family programme at a range of museums.

Under the supervision of the Senior Officer: Programming your placement will support us in delivering a range of activities that will be able to meet our audience and income targets, in particular you will focus on our autumn 2020 exhibitions programme at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. You will also provide general business and/or administrative support as required.

Deadline Friday 20 December at 9am

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If you’re looking to learn new skills, have some spare time and are over 16, we may have a volunteering opportunity for you. Interested in our volunteer programme?

Apply online 

Or if you want to know more, please get in touch.

Current volunteering opportunities

  • Visitor experience volunteers. This long term role is all about inspiring and helping our visitors in exhibitions and events, mainly at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and M Shed.
  • Visitor research volunteers. Help us to find out who our visitors are and what they think about our museums.
  • Volunteer restoration assistants. Is industrial history or engineering your thing? We’re looking for people to help restore our working exhibits at M Shed.
  • Railway volunteers. Love railways? Enjoy chatting to people? We’re after your help with operating the Bristol Harbour Railway at weekends.
  • Boat crew volunteers. Join our team of fantastic volunteers who operate M Shed’s historic boats on weekends: Mayflower, Pyronaut and John King.

Young People

We work together with partner organisations across the city on creative projects to engage and inspire young people in arts and heritage, and help to develop skills for their future career choices. If you are a youth leader and would like to know more, please contact us.

Work Experience

For 2020, we are only offering work experience placements for those who attend a WORKS school, in particular Bedminster Down and Oasis Academy John Williams. We have six placements available based at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, which will include 1 day in the week to be spent at the Bottleyard studios.

The work experience week will include:

  • Interview and application advice
  • A careers meeting and next-steps discussion
  • An apprenticeships session with the Apprenticeships Manager – where there is a platform to discuss live apprenticeship opportunities
  • A real work challenge which can involve training on social media, writing a blog that may be published on the website, or a task that is directly related to the objectives of the team.

Our commitment to work experience means that anyone who completes a work experience placement at Bristol City Council, and then applies for an apprenticeship and meets the essential criteria, is guaranteed an interview.

If you do attend those schools and are interested in a work experience placement, please email Bristol WORKS and the team will send you an application form.