Victoria Tunnel

Volunteers are needed to assist with Guided Tours

The Victoria Tunnel was built in the 1830s to carry coal under the streets of Newcastle to staiths on the quayside. In 1939 it was opened as an air-raid shelter for Newcastle residents and is now open to the public for guided tours.

The Ouseburn Trust who operates a programme of five guided tours each week within a 700 meter’s stretch of the Victoria Tunnel and is now is looking for new volunteers to become tour guides. We are looking for people who will help us bring the history and heritage of the Victoria Tunnel alive and make a tour of it a wonderful fulfilling experience.

Volunteers will undergo a comprehensive induction and training programme, be fully trained and given full supported by the existing current team of volunteer Guides. Volunteers are fully reimbursed for travel and any other incidental expenses.

The first training session will be at the Ouseburn Trust’s office at Arch 6, Stepney Bank, Newcastle NE1 2PW.

Training will then be on several of the organised tours within the Victoria Tunnel and backed up with further sessions at Arch 6.

It is envisaged that trainees will have some experience of public speaking and be comfortable addressing the public at a tour after undergoing our training programme.

Therefore the successful volunteers must have:

  1. Experience of working with people
  2. Excellent communication and organisational skills
  3. The ability to attend an occasional evening tour (finishing at 8.30 pm) and occasionally at weekends
  4. The enthusiasm and the ability to work as part of a team.

Contact govolunteer.union@newcastle.ac.uk for more information