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Volunteering at Barley Hall

Have you got a passion for history or archaeology? Would you like to help us engage visitors with York’s rich medieval heritage and share a love of the past?

Barley Hall is a stunning medieval townhouse, once home to the Priors of Nostell and a Lord Mayor of York, uncovered in the 1980s and restored by York Archaeological Trust to its 15th-century glory.

Our Barley Hall volunteers help us to tell the story of this incredible building and the people who once lived there, welcoming and helping our visitors to make themselves at home and discover and experience life in medieval York.

Who Can Join?

As with many of our roles you do not need existing archaeological, historical or guiding knowledge or experience, we will help you to learn everything you need to know. We welcome expressions of interest to join the team from anyone with enthusiasm for medieval or social history and a desire to contribute their time to enhance our visitors’ experience. Volunteers at Barley Hall will also need to enjoy talking to a wide range of people and be able to offer a bright, friendly welcome to all.

When Can I Enquire?

We welcome new volunteer involvement via set intake periods each year. These offer an opportunity to join the team in the company of other new volunteers as well as lots of training and support along the way. We are not currently accepting applications for volunteers


You will be given a chance to read our Privacy Notice before applying to volunteer/undertake a placement with us. You can also click here to read this.

Find Out About New Opportunities

If you want to be the first to hear about new opportunities, we recommend signing up for our volunteering mailing list. You can find out more information about our volunteer programme by downloading a copy of frequently asked questions here (PDF, 485 KB).

Contact Us

Please do feel free to contact us with any questions. The best way to reach us is through email at [email protected]