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Volunteering is vital to the Horniman Museum and Gardens

Along with a supportive learning environment, we offer the chance to take part in important pieces of work at the Horniman while gaining insight into the management of a large collection and busy public programme.

Due to high demand for volunteering we can only accept applications for roles listed on this page. 

Wednesday Gardening Group

The Horniman Gardens is a unique 16.5 acre site of award winning, beautifully maintained formal and natural landscapes; from delightful rose and sunken gardens, herbaceous borders and ethno-botanical planting, to enchanting wild flower displays, parkland areas of amenity grassland scattered trees, formal flowerbeds and ornamental shrubs.

Applications are now being accepted for our new Wednesday Gardening Group. The group will meet once a month, focusing on a range of tasks in the Horniman Gardens. It’s a great way to get outside, meet new people and support the museum and Gardens team in maintaining the Horniman Gardens.


  • The Wednesday Gardening Club takes place one Wednesday per month, 9.30am-12.30pm, based in the gardens on the main Horniman site
  • This is an ongoing role. We would like a minimum commitment of 6 months and attendance at 3-4 sessions each 6 month period.
  • There may also be occasional requests to support on additional days which is completely voluntary.

Please complete the application form below and return it to volunteering@horniman.ac.uk. Closing date for receipt of applications is Thursday 13th September 2018. Successful applicants will be invited to a taster session. If you require additional support to apply for this role, please ring 020 8291 8165.

What is it like to be a Volunteer at the Horniman?

Volunteers can be found across all sorts of areas at the Horniman. Find out more about the experiences of some of our volunteers in their own words:

Engage volunteers

Student volunteers

Community engagement