Join the Team

The Thackray Museum of Medicine might have one of the country’s most important collections of medical history but what makes us special is our people. Together, our Trustees, volunteers, staff and collaborators represent a diverse and dynamic team of unique talents, united by a common purpose. We value independently minded people who enrich our museum with fresh thinking and new experiences and we are far more interested in what you bring us as an individual than in how many letters you have after your name. If that sounds like the sort of team you would like to join, here are some current opportunities.

Freelance Curator

Budget £10,000

We are looking for an exhibition curator to create and deliver the content for our upcoming exhibition on sporting injuries. The exhibition will open in April 2023 and run for six months.

The full brief and details on how to apply can be found in the downloads below. The deadline for applications is 18 July.

20220522 Curatorial and Creative Service Brief

Appendix – audiences and team roles

Appendix – moodboard

Appendix – temp gallery plan


Volunteer with us

Volunteers are a valued part of our team at Thackray and we’d love to hear from you, whether you can spare a couple of hours a month to assist in our archives, or a day or two to greet visitors. We welcome everybody, so talk to us about how we can work together to keep inclusion at the heart of what we do.

To find out more, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at:


Volunteering at the Thackray Museum will give you experience of an entry-level heritage role within a recently redeveloped and exciting new visitor attraction. There is scope for personal development as you increase your knowledge of the museum sector. As a valued member of our team, you will receive:

• Travel expenses.
• Training and regular supervision.
• Invitations to special events.

Your work will also bring educational and social benefits to local people and help us re-establish and build our identity within Leeds’s cultural scene.

Our volunteering roles

Visitor Experience Volunteer

At regular points throughout the year, we recruit volunteers to support our Visitor Experience team. Volunteers bring character and warmth to our museum by welcoming and directing visitors and schools, talking about exhibits and objects, and encouraging people to take part in activities. Training is also provided to help volunteers assist with basic tidiness, cleanliness and the safety of everyone onsite.

Collections Volunteer (apply by 30 June 2022)

With this new project, we aim to improve and update our online catalogue of museum objects. This will also help staff answer enquiries and plan exhibitions. To fulfil this role, you’ll need a good grasp of written English, an attention to detail and an interest in researching medical history. You’ll also need to be available on Tuesdays from 1.30 to 4pm or Wednesdays at 10am to 12.30pm. The project will run for five months initially but you can still take part if you can’t commit to the full timeframe, as long as you can participate for most of it.

For full role descriptions and more information, email: