Are you enthusiastic about looking after technology and keen to tell stories about it to a wide range of people from around the world? Then the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) wants to hear from you. We operate the world’s first stored programme computer, the 1948 Manchester Baby, or Small Experimental Machine. Our vintage Baby weighs in at just five tonnes.
This wonderful machine was reconstructed by a small team of volunteers and is now operated by a friendly volunteer team. We are keen to recruit volunteers who would like to join this team on either: Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays.
You need to have an interest in technology and good interpersonal skills to help our visitors to understand the Baby. High level electronic or computer skills are desirable but not essential, because there are four levels of volunteer work available. These range from explainer all the way to engineer, so there is something for everyone, from the beginner to the expert.
Volunteers are expected to commit to a minimum of one day a month with additional days welcomed. Most volunteers come in on the same day each week. All volunteers are required to complete a routing Disclosure Barring Service application as the post involves regular contact with children who are visiting the museum.
Located on the historic site of the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station, housed in five listed buildings, MOSI’s amazing galleries and outstanding collections tell the story of Manchester’s scientific and industrial past, present and future.
Previous experience in meeting or greeting people is ideal, but the key skill is to actively enjoy dealing with the general public and to be good at making a technical story easy to understand. A friendly disposition, enthusiasm and good communication skills are key qualities. Electronics, computing or electrical engineering skills are obviously very welcome indeed.
How to apply
You will find a full role description and volunteer application form on this page. Alternatively, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 606 0105 to request details.
None – this is an on-going opportunity, so please apply now.