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.

Below you can see the wide range of way in which you can contribute to the Mills success. By clicking on each team you will be able to see what each role entails and if you find something you are passionate about get in touch and we can arrange to talk with you more about volunteering with us.


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


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


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

Tour Guides

Tour Guides provide a helpful and friendly service that contributes to the smooth running of the museum and visitor enjoyment.

Educate & Inspire

This is a chance to acquire knowledge relating to our historic site and its textile heritage and to help educate others of the rich heritage of the Mill.

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


Help with the day-to-day running and serving of visitors in the Grist Mill Café.

Reception & Retail

Welcoming our guests to the Mill while selling admissions, membership and gifts.

Museum Curation

Work with the Curatorial Team to manage our exhibits, displays and textile archive. Protecting and restoring them for future visitors to enjoy.

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.


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


Do you have an enduring passion for weaving? Join our team to preserve the weaving heritage of the Mill.


Our Membership team helps to champion our membership scheme and encourage visitors to come back again and again.


Contribute to transforming areas of the Mill's Estate so that all visitors can enjoy them.

Contact Us

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

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.