The Great Exhibition of the North

Which Way North - Great Exhibition of the North @ Great North Museum

Set to be the biggest event in England for 2018, the Great Exhibition of the North is a summer of amazing exhibits, inspired technology, vibrant street performance, cutting edge culture and magical experiences in NewcastleGateshead.

Which Way North

At the Great North Museum, Which Way North is a bold new exhibition throughout the building. Discover the heart and soul of the revolutionary North and learn how its inventors, scientists and artists shaped the world we live in today

Familiar spaces within the museum will be re-imagined with new and invigorating displays featuring high-profile loans from the country's leading museums, galleries and private collections. You'll see:

  • Astronaut Helen Sharman's space suit
  • The last piano played by John Lennon
  • George Stubbs' world-famous painting Whistlejacket, on loan from the National Gallery 
  • John Hancock's Struggle with the Quarry (shown in the original Great Exhibition of 1851) 
  • Original models of Postman Pat, and much more, still to be announced. 

A portal to another world will open to the public on Friday 22 June 2018. Will you join our team of volunteers to help our visitors have an amazing experience and embark on a journey of Northern endeavour and discovery?


What's involved?

There are 5 different roles that we need you to consider.

A typical volunteering day will see 4 volunteers per day within the school support role.

Volunteers in this role should be confident working with children aged between 4 and 11 years;

The school support role will include;

  1. welcoming schools into the Great North Museum, Hancock (GNM)
  2. supporting the Assistant Learning Officer who will be facilitating the group’s visit
  3. respond to questions from students and their adult helpers. 
  4. Volunteers will keep the group to time
  5. supporting the learning team with their workshop/tour as needed.
  6. At the end of the sessions, they will help to facilitate a smooth exit and provide a cheerful farewell.

We would like to have 3 volunteers per day to assist with welcoming visitors to the GNM in the great exhibition of the North. Duties will involve

  1. answering questions and signposting where relevant 
  2. ensuring that everybody gets a personal greeting and a cheerful goodbye.

We will require 5 volunteers per day to steward the galleries involved in the great exhibition of the North. Duties may include

  1. ensuring the safety of visitors and exhibits.
  2. Answering general enquiries or knowing where to signpost the enquiry to.

We will require one volunteer to be able to assist with events support (as needed) this will include

  1. marshalling visitors to a designated space.
  2. Assisting with enquiries.

We will require one volunteer per day to assist with the evaluation. This will include

  1. asking visitors to complete a paper-based evaluation form (or by use of iPad)
  2. being able to explain why evaluation is needed,
  3. assisting people with completion of their evaluation forms.
  4. Observing and recording what is happening within the event with visitors and interaction.

Why get involved?

Our volunteers will have access to bespoke training opportunities in the lead up to the event which will provide the tools, skills and confidence to fulfil their roles.

As a volunteer you will also be rewarded for your commitment with exclusive invitations to previews, social gatherings and celebration events

You will be working with Museum and event professionals, gaining experience from observing and being involved with what they do.

You will be involved in the biggest event in England this year and your involvement will be part of its legacy.

This will undoubtedly, look great on your CV!

There will be full training involved in taking on this role which you must make yourself available for.

Once you sign up we will set up an account for you on the Great Exhibition of the North online volunteer portal which will enable you to book into training opportunities and schedule your own volunteer hours.

How to get involved?

Accept the challenge

Receive an email with details of your volunteer account with the Great Exhibition ofthe North.

After receipt of this sign yourself up to core training and relevant briefings for the role you have accepted, these are mandatory to become a Get North Volunteer. .

Schedule your preferred volunteering hours online

Enjoy your volunteer experience

Ideal Skills

  • Event Management
  • Marketing
  • Teaching and Training
  • Working with Museum Collections
  • Customer Service
  • Fundraising
  • Storytelling
  • Working with Children (under 5's)
  • Working with Children (6 - 15)
  • Working with Young People (16 - 25)
  • Public Speaking
  • Independent working
  • Working as part of a team

Ideal Interests

  • Community Work
  • Design
  • Learning and Education
  • Meeting new people
  • History
  • Fine Art
  • Arts and crafts
  • Contemporary Art
  • Science and nature
  • Archaeology
  • Outdoor Work
  • Marketing and communication
  • Working with the public

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Event Information

Great Exhibition of the North - Friday 22nd June, 2018

This once in a lifetime, must-see event is free and family friendly. Opening with the spectacular ‘Get North’ event on the 22nd June, it finishes in style with the world-famous Great North Run and the powerful ‘Creating the Future’ closing weekend on 8th and 9th September.