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Volunteers are integral and valued members of the Horniman team assisting us in both visitor-facing roles and vital work behind-the-scenes.

Along with a supportive learning environment, we offer the chance to gain new skills and experience or simply to do something you enjoy.

Current vacancies

Exhibition volunteer

Our exciting new exhibition called From Birth till Death: Scrolled Life Stories reveals the lives of members of the South London community who have shared their stories on papyrus scrolls using symbols and pictures rather than words.  These now hang in an immersive and moving exhibition space. The aim of the exhibition is to encourage visitors to take time to reflect on their own lives and draw their own life stories and we are seeking volunteers are to help run this activity. This opportunity is available from early January to mid-March, once a week, either morning or afternoon for 3 hours. Training will be provided. See the attached full role description and application form.

We can only accept applications when volunteering roles are advertised.

Find any current roles on this page.

We take volunteers from age 18 upwards and there is no upper age limit.

No. Volunteer roles are different from staff roles and do not lead to paid work.

However, they do provide an opportunity to gain skills and experience.

We reimburse out-of-pocket travel expenses up to a maximum of £12 per day.

Volunteers offering a full day shift can also be reimbursed lunch expenses.

For on-going roles which are usually weekly or fortnightly, like Engage, Family Learning or Gardening, we ask for a minimum of 5 months.

Fixed term placements last 3 months, doing 1-3 days a week.

No, we regret we do not have the capacity to provide work experience, such as those requiring a few days or 1 – 3 weeks.

Yes, you may volunteer whilst on benefits, but you would need to let the Job Centre know about your volunteering.


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