Volunteer Weaver Bradford Industrial Museum

We need your help to run and maintain our 19th and early 20th century textile machinery. We’re looking for volunteers to help operate and maintain the looms and textile machines that are part of Bradford Museums Designated Textile Collection along with other types of historic textile processing equipment.

You will help bring our machinery to life, informing visitors about the history and technology of the weaving industry and the Museum’s collection of textile machinery. You will be supported and advised by the Collections & Conservation Team in historically relevant information and caring for working museum collections.

You will be willing to share technical knowledge / experience with other team members and volunteers and assist with training to operate various machines.

You will assist in ensuring the security of the museum, its collections and equipment, public/visitors and staff by invigilating the museum and supervising visitors as appropriate, in the Spinning and Weaving Gallery.


Experience of operating and maintaining textile machinery.

Demonstrated mechanical aptitude and problem-solving skills

Basic engineering skills and abilities

practical experience of working with textiles

Good people skills enabling strong relationships both internally and externally.

Knowledge of health & safety compliance requirements


  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
    Over 16 years
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

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Bradford Industrial Museum
Moorside Mills, Moorside Road
West Yorkshire

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