Volunteering is a great way to develop skills and give back to the community. Whether you're volunteering to keep busy, learn new skills or to meet new people London Transport Museum is a great place to be.
Volunteers make a huge contribution to London Transport Museum. Give some of your time and you can gain so much in return:
- Develop transferable skills towards your own career development at any age!
- Work with friendly and supportive people
- Experience at London Transport Museum makes a great addition to any CV
Volunteers greet our visitors, provide tours of our historic collection, support our families and schools programmes and help with cataloguing, Library research and support conservation projects among many other areas. With over 25,000 hours donated in the last year, the Museum depends heavily on the support and generosity of our volunteers.
- When? When you can! We will talk to you about what you can offer, and the kind of roles we have available that may suit you.
- How long for? No fixed period, but it may be linked to the duration of an activity or a volunteer role. We agree the hours you come in when you start, and keep checking with you that they are still suitable.
- Who for? Anyone! Some volunteers have a real love of our collection and London Transport history, though it is not essential. Many of the London Transport Museum Friends are regular volunteers, but volunteering is open to all. It's ideal if you have spare time and want to give some of it to a good cause in a sociable environment.
For further information on volunteering with us read our Volunteering Guide [2.15 MB PDF]
Volunteer Recruitment Event
Date: Saturday 14 March 2020
Time: 14:00 – 17:00 (drop-in)
Location: Museum Depot, Acton
Are you interested in London Transport? Do you enjoy working with heritage collections? Do you like working with audiences, meeting new people and learning new skills?
Come along to our recruitment day from 14:00-17:00 at our Museum Depot in Acton to find out about the exciting ways to get involved with us as a volunteer. You will have the chance to meet London Transport Museum staff and volunteers and find out what it’s all about! We’ll also be running activities and providing opportunities to discover the many ways that volunteers work with our collection.
Some of the areas we are recruiting volunteers for include:
- Welcome Hosts
- Event Stewards
To RSVP and for further information on the event, email us at: [email protected]
Event Steward Volunteer
Location: Museum Depot, Acton
Closing date: Tuesday 31 March
Do you enjoy engaging with people and working in a dynamic environment as part of a friendly and supportive team? We are looking for volunteers with commitment, enthusiasm and an interest in engaging museum collections to support us in delivering heritage events across London, and at the Depot Open Weekend Events.
- Informal group interviews will be held on Wednesday 8 April at 11:00, lasting approximately one hour
- You will need to be available for an induction and site orientation on Friday 17 April, 15:00-17:00.
- Available to help at the Depot Open Weekend Saturday 25 and/or Sunday 26 April.
This role is suitable for those aged 14 years and over.
Welcome Host Volunteer
Location: London Transport Museum, Covent Garden
Closing date: Tuesday 17 March
Do you enjoy being in a customer facing environment, engaging with children and adults, and being part of a team?
We are looking for volunteers with commitment, enthusiasm and a passion for museum collections to support our excellent Customer Services team during a busy holiday period. Our volunteers offer a warm welcome to visitors on arrival, assisting with the admissions process and provides visitors with any information they need for their visit. Supervising our collection provides an opportunity to engage with our visitors whilst learning about the history of London Transport.
- We ask that you offer a minimum of 2 days over the school holidays. We are happy to discuss this further during the group interview.
- Informal group interviews will be held on Friday 20 March
- You are required to be available for an induction and training on Monday 30 March, 10.00 – 16.00
This role is suitable for those aged 16 years and over.
Our volunteers contribute to a wide range of activity across the Museum, from greeting visitors, providing tours, supporting our programmes and Library staff and contributing to research and conservation projects.
Here are a selection of summaries outlining a range of activities volunteers are involved in at London Transport Museum:
Who are the Learning Volunteers?
Made up of over 20 volunteers contributing 9,000 hours over the last year, volunteers ensure the Learning Team deliver high quality learning for all. They provide an extra layer of engagement with our audiences that our staff alone cannot offer. Volunteers provide a depth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to all the areas of the team they support, and their contributions are invaluable.
What do Learning Volunteers do?
The Learning Team programme offers sessions and activities aimed at a wide and diverse range of people, to enable everyone to engage with the Museum and its collections in exciting and varied ways. Learning Volunteers are encouraged to get involved in and support all aspects of the Learning team’s programming, from helping a family design their own bus to exploring our collection with vulnerable adults.
Object handling volunteers
During school holiday periods a team of knowledgeable volunteers provide visitors to the Museum with a hands-on opportunity to learn about objects in our collection. Our object handling volunteers help bring our collection to life by explaining the history and use of the objects, whilst providing visitors with an opportunity to handle the items and learn about their use.
This is a great opportunity for volunteers to learn about our collection alongside like-minded individuals, and engage with a broad audience from novice to enthusiast, young children and families to senior citizens, sharing their fond memories of when items were in operation.
At London Transport Museum, the Volunteer Forum provides volunteers with an opportunity to directly engage with staff (both operational and management) on developing the way the Museum works with volunteers. The Volunteer Forum is represented by volunteers from across the spectrum of roles at London Transport Museum, and provides a platform for all volunteers to input suggestions and ideas to enhance volunteering.
An outline of current representatives can be found here: Volunteer Forum representatives [440KB PDF]
The Volunteer Forum can be contacted at [email protected]
London Transport Museum is the proud holder of the Investing in Volunteers accreditation, the UK quality standard for good practice in volunteer management. Proving our commitment to providing a rewarding volunteering experience, we strive to offer dynamic opportunities and effective support to all our volunteers.
Tel: +44 (0)343 222 5000
Email: [email protected]
At London Transport Museum, we believe that the welfare of children and vulnerable adults is paramount. We will ensure that all children and vulnerable adults who engage with our services are safe and protected. Our commitment to safeguarding excellence can been seen through how we train and support all our staff and volunteers, and how any concerns about the safety of children and vulnerable adults are managed.