Our volunteers help the teams at Hackney Museum and Hackney Archives provide exhibitions, events, research and collections work, and learning and engagement programmes. Whether you want to develop your skills or give to the local community, we can help you.

Current vacancies

We're currently looking for enthusiastic and hard-working individuals who are passionate about museum education to support museum staff with the delivery of our schools learning programme.

Send your completed application form or any questions you might have to museumbookings@hackney.gov.uk. The deadline for applications is Friday 3 February. Successful applicants will be asked to attend a training session on Thursday 9 February.

Placement students

Hackney Museum and Hackney Archives accept placement students from a wide range of courses, backgrounds and specialisms - from secondary school to MA or PhD students. If you're interested in local history and heritage, migration, community and cultural diversity then a placement with the learning or collections teams at Hackney Museum or Hackney Archives could be just right for you.

How to apply

Please email a covering letter and CV or expression of interest to Hackney Museum at hmuseum@hackney.gov.uk. We assess each application on a case by case basis, depending on the staffing and projects available at the time but we can't guarantee placement opportunities.

Nana's placement diary

Nana Ama, a 15-year old student from Our Lady's Secondary School, wrote a diary of her work placement at Hackney Museum in July 2015:

Hello, my name is Nana Ama and I did work experience at Hackney Museum for two weeks. This diary will allow you to see what I did during my placement at the museum.

During my work experience, I grew from being nervous and unconfident to being someone who can plan exhibitions, express ideas in meetings and so many other wonderful things.

I got involved in lots of areas of the museum's work helping with: ESOL resources (English for Speakers of Other Languages); the museum front desk and working with members of the public; school sessions (for school children from various parts of the borough who come to learn about the history of Hackney); training sessions (for people who would like a career in museum learning); as well as carrying out a research project for a new exhibition about African textiles.

It was easy for me to join the tight-knit team who devote their time into making the Museum a great place for themselves and for local community.

Who would I recommend this placement to?

As you can see from the list above, work experience at Hackney Museum isn't just running about making cups of tea. There are so many things to do which can benefit you in the future - especially if you see yourself working in a museum.

I'd recommend this work placement for people who are avid history lovers, enjoy the company of different people, have an interest in exhibitions, want to work in a museum and perhaps be closer to the community. The staff are really friendly and helpful.

When I first started my placement, they were very welcoming even though I was quite anxious. However, I was also given a tour of the place which allowed me to settle and find my feet. I'd also recommend the placement to people who enjoy learning new things each day as you need to learn from your mistakes to progress, which will help you to become a better person.

Furthermore, I think this placement would be good for those people who show respect for diversity and who are tolerant because visitors at the Museum have various backgrounds, so it is important to value them as a human being.

My favourite museum object

I chose the Love Music, Hate Racism poster because I really love how it supports the idea that music can unite people despite their views and I also like how a concert was organised to help emphasise the idea "make peace, not war".

Hopefully that is something which will be achieved in my lifetime. I was also attracted to that poster because it featured some of the artists that I used to listen to such as Jay Sean, Wiley, Tinchy Stryder and Roll Deep. So for me, it brought back those memories of listening to those artists in primary school.

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