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Volunteering is vital to the Horniman Museum and Gardens

  • Annual Volunteer Celebration, Celebrating our volunteers at an Annual Celebration event
    Celebrating our volunteers at an Annual Celebration event

We have a number of behind the scenes roles at the Horniman. 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.

Aquarium Volunteers

Aquarium volunteers support the day – to – day maintenance and running of the Horniman Aquarium, which has 15 exhibits that focus on flora and fauna in a variety of aquatic habitats. Volunteers support through cleaning and maintaining the displays, preparing food and feeding and analysing water quality.

Conservation Volunteers

The Collections Conservation and Care section (CCC) of the Horniman Museum sets the standards and guidelines for the preservation of our collections, whether on display, in storage or on loan. Conservation volunteers assist the team in a variety of tasks, such as object photography, condition reporting and treatment documentation, and most recently were closely involved with the redisplay of the anthropology collection in the world gallery.

Garden Volunteers

The Horniman Gardens is a unique 16.5 acre site of award-winning, beautifully maintained formal and natural landscapes. These include a delightful rose garden, a sunken garden and another featuring spectacular grasses. Herbaceous borders, ornamental shrubs, ethno-botanical planting and wild flower displays combine to provide year-round variety. Garden volunteers support the Gardens team in maintaining the Horniman Gardens doing tasks such as weeding, watering and assisting in the nursery.

SCC Volunteers

Volunteers at the SCC assist with a variety of tasks within the Collections Management and KIM Sections. Volunteers assist with improving the documentation of objects in the SCC, improving the storage conditions of objects in the SCC and facilitating better access to the stored collections.

Other volunteering

We also have a number of volunteers involved in different departments, such as in the library, the music department and assisting on different projects. Each volunteer has a vital contribution to make and together make up a dedicated and passionate team.

Current opportunities:

Due to a high level of interest in volunteering, we can only accept applications for roles listed here.

Palaeontology Collection Assistant

Download the role description and information on how to apply below: