Volunteer Opportunities

Our volunteers are what make Coldharbour Mill special, with each person keeping the mill running, preserving it for future generations. Whether you can spare a few hours or join us regularly we'd love to talk to you.

Spinning & Weavers

Do you have an enduring passion for wool, or weaving? Or would you like to cultivate one? Meet new people, have fun, experience a bygone era in a Victorian wool factory, or use Victorian Looms.

Come and help us ensure skills developed during the industrial revolution are shared with future generations.

This role will suit people who like variety, have a passion for history and a willingness to learn about the heritage of the Mill, and enjoy being part of a small team.

Full training will be given (over 18s only)

3-6 hours a week would be ideal.  A volunteer may give varying amounts of time but a regular weekly commitment would be most helpful.

Educate & Inspire

This is a chance to acquire knowledge relating to our historic site and its textile heritage and to help others to enjoy finding out too.


Stay active and help with the on-going maintenance of this historic site whose buildings date from the 18th and 19th centuries.


Help with the upkeep, development and protection of the Museum gardens so that they enhance the Mill site and can be enjoyed by our visitors

Museum Stewards & Tour Guides

Stewards provide a helpful and friendly service that contributes to the smooth running of the museum

Office Administration

This role will suit people who are well organised with a friendly and helpful nature and good communication skills.

Events and Publicity

Help the marketing team to source and produce whatever is needed to promote the Mill and run successful events.

Project Management

Lead one of the many projects at the mill - small and large - across a wide spectrum.


From quizzes to events and more. No previous experience is needed as our small team can teach you the ropes.


Previous professional experience in one or more of the following areas would be helpful: finance, engineering, textiles, education, museums, business administration, sales or marketing.

Steam Engine Operation

Help run the Mill steam complex and demonstrate the engines.

Drop In Sessions

Find out more at one of our Volunteer Drop in sessions. No booking necessary & free entry.

Taster Sessions

Why not come and shadow one of our Volunteers to show you around  and try before you commit.

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering is a great way to share your talents and inspire future generations.

  • Make a difference
  • Support a charity and community
  • Develop personally or professionally
  • Learn new skills
  • Meet new friends
  • Share your skills
  • Feel better about yourself
  • Keep active

Benefits of volunteering with us

As a volunteer you receive a number of benefits

  • 1 x Family steam day ticket
  • Unlimited standard entry 
  • Out of pocket expenses
  • Social events
  • Previews of new exhibitions
  • FREE tea, coffee and often home made cakes
  • FREE training on new skills
  • FREE taster sessions

Contact Us

For more information or to book a taster session please get in touch.