About us

About us

“Working as a volunteer has taught me so many skills I wouldn't have otherwise learned at university in my undergraduate degree”.

“My teaching skills, my application and representation of knowledge have vastly improved with the volunteering opportunities I've had at the VG&M, I hope to continue being part of future events”.


We enjoy volunteering at the V.G. and M.

The staff are so friendly, there's no 'us' and 'them'.

The building itself is a real star attraction

And showing it off gives great satisfaction.

With temporary exhibits and permanent displays, 

The Museum and Gallery please in so many ways.

There are paintings by Audubon, Turner and Freud;

Big drawings by Burne-Jones are hard to avoid.

Sculpture by Frampton, by Murphy and Rice

And some say the display of false teeth is quite nice.

There is no space to mention more, which is a pity,

But we're proud to show visitors our jewel in the city.

(Martin Strauss VG&M Volunteer)


The Victoria Gallery & Museum, together with its sister museum the Garstang Museum of Archaeology are cultural assets of The University of Liverpool, managed by the Libraries, Museums and Galleries department.

Our Mission is to enable people to explore our collections for inspiration, learning, the creation of knowledge and enjoyment in line with the University’s founding mission ‘for advancement of learning and ennoblement of life’

The VG&M and Garstang are institutions that collect, safeguard and make accessible objects that they hold in trust for society.

Our Vision is to be recognised as the most engaging, inspiring and welcoming University galleries and museums by looking forward through the past, for the advancement of learning and ennoblement of life.

The University of Liverpool’s Museums & Galleries are committed to working with volunteers. We recognise that the volunteer programme is an essential part of our service and that volunteers:

* Bring fresh enthusiasm and motivation to a variety of roles and projects

* Contribute to the goals, aims and objectives of our work

* Complement the skills of paid staff

* Bring new perspectives into the organisation

* Help build links with local communities

* Provide opportunities for staff to develop new skills

* Enable us to fulfil our corporate and social responsibility.

The University of Liverpool’s Museums & Galleries recognises the commitment, energy and enthusiasm of volunteers and acknowledges that volunteers can play an important role in extending the services we offer.

Volunteering at The University of Liverpool’s Museums & Galleries provides a rewarding experience and valuable opportunities for local people to engage with the The University of Liverpool’s Museums & Galleries and to learn about its ambition, operation and delivery.

The University of Liverpool’s Museums & Galleries aims to provide a supportive, interesting and enjoyable environment for volunteers. The programme will assist volunteers in developing their personal and professional skills whilst gaining valuable experience in a dynamic heritage environment.