Culture & Arts

Gallery Guide – The Box

Gallery Guides will engage with visitors to The Box, helping and inspiring visitors to interpret the contents of the various galleries and to connect with the heritage and culture of Plymouth.

Mayflower Makers have the opportunity to support the temporary exhibition, Mayflower: Legend and Legacy and help visitors to understand the complex stories which shape this gallery.

The Box and its collections are an important asset to the people of Plymouth and it’s vital to us that we invite local residents to volunteer in our spaces, reflecting our visitors and taking pride in the city’s rich culture and history.

Volunteers will enable each visitor to have a unique experience ensuring they leave with lasting memories, sharing these with family and friends and making them more likely to return. This relationship and reputation building help will ensure the success of The Box as a world class cultural experience here in Plymouth.

There are no formal requirements for the role and full training will be given. This role will suit you if you;

Have an enthusiasm for and are proud of the city of Plymouth

Are interested in and prepared to learn more about the content of

The Box’s galleries, in particular Mayflower: Legend and Legacy

Enjoy helping others to learn and explore

Enjoy communicating with the general public

What's involved?

Engage with visiting members of the public in a proactive way and also by responding to questions and requests for help

Share information about the content of the galleries and assist visitors with the use of interactive displays

Help visitors with finding their way and suggestions as to what else they can see at The Box

Observe security and safety procedures, reporting concerns to staff as they arise, in accordance with your training

Monitor visitor numbers to the gallery in which you’re based

Keep a record of any visitor feedback you receive and pass it on promptly to the relevant person.

Volunteers are required:

Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays

9:30 – 1:30 x 3

1pm – 5pm x 3

Starting on Friday 25th September with various training and settling in days available from 9th – 24th September

More volunteers would be very welcome if happy to be based in other galleries besides the Mayflower: Legend and Legacy exhibition.


Why get involved?

Here are just some of the ways you may benefit from volunteering with The Box:

Be part of an exciting cultural project at the heart of Plymouth

Be part of a team of passionate fellow volunteers and employees

Meet new and interesting people from all walks of life

Have the satisfaction of knowing that you have helped to inspire visitors to The Box

Have the chance to use existing knowledge and expertise

Gain valuable industry experience (for future career)

Gain experience of customer facing roles, building your confidence with communication, teamwork and other employability skills

Training and support

Receive training in understanding and explaining gallery content, object handling, health and safety etc: volunteers need to be available for one of the following dates to complete inductions and training, 9th/10th/11th/12th September with further opportunities for training up until Friday 25th opening weekend.

Reimbursement of reasonable travel expenses (by prior arrangement)

Reference (on request)

How to get involved?

  1. Sign into your account or sign up to the Mayflower Maker community
  2. For this challenge you are required to have attended a Mayflower Maker induction session 
  3. Accept the challenge
  4. Follow the instructions in your acceptance e-mail. 

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