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Volunteer Weaver

Bradford Industrial Museum

We need your help to run and maintain our 19th and early 20th century textile machinery. We’re looking for volunteers to help operate and maintain the looms and textile machines that are part of Bradford Museums Designated Textile Collection along with other types of historic textile processing equipment.


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You will help bring our machinery to life, informing visitors about the history and technology of the weaving industry and the Museum’s collection of textile machinery. You will be supported and advised by the Collections & Conservation Team in historically relevant information and caring for working museum collections.

You will be willing to share technical knowledge / experience with other team members and volunteers and assist with training to operate various machines.


You will assist in ensuring the security of the museum, its collections and equipment, public/visitors and staff by invigilating the museum and supervising visitors as appropriate, in the Spinning and Weaving Gallery.

  • Experience of operating and maintaining textile machinery.
  • Demonstrated mechanical aptitude and problem-solving skills
  • Basic engineering skills and abilities
  • Practical experience of working with textiles
  • Good people skills enabling strong relationships both internally and externally.
  • Knowledge of health & safety compliance requirements

How to apply:

May Half-term with Bradford District Museums & Galleries

Looking for something to do  over half term? 
Have a look at our families events – follow the links for more information

28th May Dreams and Songs to sing
Cartwright Hall
Meet author Richard O’Neill for traditional stories and handicrafts

29th May –
Put yourself in the picture
Bradford Industrial Museum
Visit our “Bairds TV” display, help to make an old fashioned TV and become a news presenter or star in an advert!

30th MayLocal Myths and Legends
Bolling Hall
Listen to traditional stories and design a mythical creature.
Details here

1st June Within Nature
Cliffe Castle
Meet the artists & take part in associated family activities.