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Volunteering at JORVIK Viking Centre

Have you got a passion for history or archaeology? Would you like to help us engage visitors with York’s rich Viking heritage and share a love of the past?

The JORVIK VIking Centre showcases the rich discoveries of the five year Coppergate excavations which dug through 2000 years of history and offered unmatched detail of how people lived and worked in the viking age. 

Our JORVIK volunteers help us tell the story of the dig, its rich archaeological discoveries and Viking life in York. Their involvement offers visitors enhanced access and engagement with our collection through the use of volunteer-run ‘Collections Up Close’ opportunities; chances for visitors to view and discover more about objects from excavation.

Who Can Join?

As with many of our roles you do not need existing archaeological, historical or guiding knowledge or experience, we will help you to learn everything you need to know. We welcome expressions of interest to join the team from anyone with enthusiasm for Viking history and archaeological finds and a desire to contribute their time to enhance our visitors’ experience. Volunteers at JORVIK will also need to enjoy talking to a wide range of people and be able to offer a bright, friendly welcome to all.

When Can I Enquire?

We welcome new volunteer involvement via set intake periods each year. These offer an opportunity to join the team in the company of other new volunteers as well as lots of training and support along the way. We are not currently open for applications for JORVIK Collections Up Close Volunteers.

You will be given a chance to read our Privacy Notice before applying to volunteer/undertake a placement with us. You can also click here to read this.

Find Out About New Opportunities

If you want to be the first to hear about new opportunities, we recommend signing up for our volunteering mailing list. You can find out more information about our volunteer programme by downloading a copy of frequently asked questions here (PDF, 485 KB).

Contact Us

Please do feel free to contact us with any questions. The best way to reach us is through email at [email protected]