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National Railway Museum

Our skilled and enthusiastic volunteers bring our visitors closer to the incredible story of the railways, helping them understand the awe-inspiring engineering on display.

Our volunteers are vital to our work—by joining them you’ll be helping to make a real difference to the museum.


People volunteer with us for a whole host of reasons:

  • Gain museum-based work experience
  • Develop new skills
  • Meet people and make friends
  • Support the museum
  • Have fun!

Become a volunteer

Our current volunteer opportunities are listed below:

Miniature Railway Volunteer: Would you like to help our visitors enjoy one of our popular attractions—the Miniature Railway? We are currently recruiting volunteers to drive and guard on 7 ¼ inch-gauge petrol- and diesel-powered locomotives. Read more and apply on our recruitment website.

You might also be interested in the STEM Ambassador Programme or opportunities at other museums in Science Museum Group, all volunteering roles are advertised on the Science Museum Group vacancies page.  

If you have any questions about becoming a volunteer, take a look at our volunteering FAQs or get in touch with us at

Volunteer News

Our seasonal volunteer newsletter shares stories about what volunteers around the museum and the staff who support them have been doing. Read the latest edition.