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.

Factory Production

Volunteers will have the opportunity to talk to visitors about the work and the products and to make our lovely yarn and textiles.

Steam Engine Operation

Help run the Mill steam complex and demonstrate the engines.

Visitor Reception & Shop

Help in the shop and welcoming visitors are vital to help with the smooth running of Coldharbour Mill Shop and the museum reception

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.

Drop In Sessions

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

2018 dates

Tuesday 15th May at 6.30pm
Tuesday 23rd October at 6.30pm
Saturday 28th April at 10.00am
Thursday 28th June at 10.00am
Tuesday 24th July at 10.00am
Saturday 29th September at 10.00am

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 talants and inspire future generations.

  • Make a difference
  • Support a charity and community
  • Develop personally or professionally
  • Learn a new skill
  • 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 book a taster session contact Ben Fox Volunteer Coordinator ben.fox@coldharbourmill.org.uk