Do you want to be a part of our exciting Divine Beauty Project?

Could you talk enthusiastically about our exceptional stained-glass windows to our visitors?

Do you want to see their conservation up close and inspire other’s to learn more?

Full training will be provided!

Volunteer Window Guides will learn about the history and heritage of our stained-glass windows and share their knowledge with visitors. Full training will be provided.

Volunteer training provides knowledge about how our stained-glass windows were made, their history, significance, and how they will be preserved for future generations. There will also be other volunteer roles available as the project progresses for those who are interested.

Volunteers should be enthusiastic individuals, who will able to talk confidently about our windows, sharing their knowledge, answering questions and explaining their significance to visitors.

You should enjoy talking to people and be able to handle them with tact and sensitivity.
Our volunteers work in alignment with the ethos of the Church of England, although many are not practising Christians themselves.

Depending on the phase of the project time commitment may vary

What this volunteering opportunity will provide you with:

  • Knowledge of the international significance of the windows, the artists Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris and their links to Birmingham.
  • First-hand experience of a real-life conservation project.
  • Experience working with people from a diverse range of backgrounds.
  • Opportunity to work on a variety of events and activities for the public, and to carry out research or write blogs.
  • Insight into the workings of the cathedral, and experience working in a sacred building and place of faith.
  • The opportunity to practice speaking in various foreign languages dependent on the nationality of visitors you encounter.
  • Opportunities to volunteer in further roles in the cathedral team.
  • Experience working alongside a team of skilled and knowledgeable individuals both clergy and non-clergy
  • Safeguarding and ACT training (this is a requirement)

Depending on the nature of the volunteering role you undertake with us, we may need to carry out an Enhanced Disclosure in accordance with the Disclosure and Barring Service Rules.

All information provided by volunteers with be held in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation within the Data Protection Act 2018.

How to apply

If you have any issues with the online form or would prefer to apply via the downloadable application form. This can be returned to recruitment@birminghamcathedral.com

Forms can also be returned by post to:

Birmingham Cathedral St Philips,
Colmore Row,
B3 2QB