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Hayes Way
Patchway, BS34

Aerospace Bristol is a new industrial heritage museum and learning centre being developed at Filton, to the north of Bristol. It will tell the story of the region's world-class aerospace industry - past, present and future. The Aerospace Bristol project is being run by the Bristol Aero Collection Trust.

Research Volunteer

Our volunteers play a fundamental role in the success and future of Aerospace Bristol

RESEARCH volunteer

Queens Award for Voluntary Service

be part of our future

Our volunteers play a fundamental role in the success and future of Aerospace Bristol.

This is a hugely exciting time to join the team to help us enhance the visitor experience, encourage repeat visits and word of mouth recommendations, which will help us to increase our visitor numbers and become better known.

Volunteering opportunities at Aerospace Bristol

role purpose

Aerospace Bristol is embarking on a Collections Review of the Bristol Aero Collection Trust’s (BACT) reserve collections. Working with our collections team, you’ll be inputting into our Collections Review process, helping us make the right recommendation to our Board of Trustees about the future of our collections. This might be providing technical or historical information about objects in the collection or offering creative ideas as to how we can use objects in the future. We’ll be assessing each object (or group of objects) individually and research will be mostly home based, with visits to the collections store as needed.

Role description

Tasks will include:

  • Undertaking desk based research on objects in the reserve collections

  • Undertaking onsite research, if required, as agreed by the Collections Manager

  • Providing research results to the Collections Manager in an agreed format and timeframe

  • Working with the Collections Team in line with museum standards and best practices

Volunteering opportunities at Aerospace Bristol

role reports to

Collections Manager and Volunteer Coordinator


Aerospace Bristol
Hayes Way
BS34 5BZ


To begin as soon as possible.


The role will be reviewed regularly.


We are looking for people who:

  • Good attention to detail

  • Able to follow processes

  • Research experience

  • Experience working with a museum collection is desirable but not essential

  • Existing knowledge of the development of the BACT collections is desirable but not essential

  • Existing knowledge of technical areas covered by the BACT collection is desirable but not essential

  • Interest in the history of flight, aeronautics, engineering or museum practice is essential

Commitment to You

  • Volunteers will receive training for the role

  • We will welcome you to a team that is inclusive and welcoming and full of likeminded individuals that are passionate about Bristol’s rich aerospace history

  • To understand what you want to achieve from your volunteering with us a together work towards those goals

  • To listen to you and any ideas or suggestions that you might have

  • To support you in developing

What’s in it for You

  • Working as part of a team

  • Opportunity to contribute to the Collections Review

  • Gaining new skills and experience

  • An opportunity to gain an in depth knowledge of the aerospace industry and the important part that it has played in the lives of Bristol people


  • Volunteers are asked to adhere to the terms of the volunteer agreement

  • Volunteers will be required to attend role specific training prior to commencing volunteering at the Museum

Why we want you

Aerospace Bristol museum opened in 2017 and is home to the last Concorde ever built and the last to fly when it returned to its birthplace in 2003. Our vision is an aerospace museum, which inspires, entertains and informs through the understanding of, and engagement with, the stories and collections of Bristol’s aerospace industry – past, present and future. If you have a passion for planes, are enthusiastic about education, are mad for museums or are hoping to gain experience for employment then we want to hear from you.

Number of Vacancies

Multiple vacancies however numbers may be capped depending on applications

Application Deadline

25th August 2019


You can make a difference and get involved.  If you would like to become a volunteer, please complete the form below.  Got a question about volunteering? Take a look at our frequently asked questions, as we have tried to give answers to as many queries as possible, or if you would like to know more, please get in touch and contact us at

We look forward to welcoming you on-board soon!

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