Elizabeth Gaskell’s House depends upon our brilliant team of volunteers to open to the public. We continually recruit new volunteers as we expand and develop. There are many opportunities for you to get involved, from helping in our Tea Room, talking to visitors in the period rooms, helping with community groups, maintaining our wonderful garden and other behind the scenes tasks.

It is a great opportunity to learn something new, develop an existing interest and meet new friends.

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House prides itself on its unique experience – visitors are invited to touch, sit and make themselves at home. It is our volunteers who play a crucial role in providing this experience.

Find out more about the volunteers in our house, and the benefits of volunteering with us.

We are continually recruiting volunteers so do get in touch if you are interested.

You do not need to know anything about the house or Elizabeth Gaskell – all you need is enthusiasm and some spare time. Some volunteers are combining volunteering with work or study – others may have recently retired and find they have more time now to follow their interests and are looking to meet new people.

  • Induction and full training will be provided as appropriate.
  • Travel expenses up to £5 reimbursed.
  • Training and volunteer support provided.
  • Join volunteer social events and trips –  past adventures have included Manchester Cathedral, the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield and Samlesbury Hall.

How to apply

If you are interested in volunteering please  fill out the form below and someone from the team will be in touch as soon as possible.


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