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Volunteering is vital to the Horniman Museum and Gardens.

Engage Volunteer Programme

The Horniman Museum and Gardens welcomes a wide range of people, including many young families, each year. Our Engage volunteers enable visitors to have closer contact with the museum’s collections through the hands-on displays in Nature Base, the object-handling trolley, and activities in the African Worlds. Volunteers also help visitors in temporary exhibitions, and in the Gardens during the summer.

All necessary training is given – no prior experience is needed.

Our next Engage Taster Session is on Tuesday 4th October, 6:00pm-8:00pm

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from those available to volunteer on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays

Please see the role description below for details.

If you're interested in joining us, complete the application form below and send it to volunteering@horniman.ac.uk. We’ll get back to you to let you know if we’d like to invite you to our next Taster Session.

For more information about the Engage volunteer programme please contact the Volunteering team at volunteering@horniman.ac.uk. 

Events volunteer

We are looking to build a team of dedicated volunteers who can support visitors at our events, ensuring they have a safe and positive Horniman experience that meets their needs and engages their interest.

Events include summer concerts on our bandstand, dance performances in the gardens, film screenings, street performances, after-hours Lates, behind the scenes events, craft workshops, storytelling and seasonal fairs, to name but a few. They are often at weekends or in evenings.

Please see more information below for further details.

If you're interested in applying to join the Events volunteering team, complete the application form below and send it to volunteering@horniman.ac.uk. There is no closing date for volunteering - we are interested in getting volunteers on board as soon as possible.