Volunteering

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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.

Find out more about our volunteering roles by clicking here.

For further information on volunteering with us read our Volunteering Guide [2.15 MB PDF]


Restoration Volunteer, Q stock

Location: Museum Depot, Acton
Closing date: 29 November 2019

Do you like working with your hands? Do you love trains? Would you like to help restore a 1930s Underground train to its former glory?

We are looking for volunteers with commitment, enthusiasm and a passion for trains to help with the restoration of our 1930s District line Q stock train. We especially welcome volunteers with technical skills, but also those with less experience and a willingness to learn.

You will be working as part of a friendly team of volunteers from a variety of professional backgrounds. The work takes place at our Museum Depot at Acton on Thursdays during the day, and one Saturday a month. You can join one or both working parties. We especially welcome applicants to the Saturday team meeting once a month.

Commitment

We ask that you can offer at least 1 day a month for an ongoing project. The restoration will run over several years, but we welcome shorter periods of commitment, too. We are happy to discuss this at your interview. 

You must be able to attend:

  • Interviews: Wednesday 15 or Thursday 16 January
  • Induction and training: Thursday 30 and Friday 31 January

You must be 18 years or above for this role.

Download the full role description [213KB]

Apply for Q Stock Restoration Volunteer role


Research Volunteer, Q stock

Location: Various off-site locations, Acton Depot, and regular meetings at Albany House
Closing date: 29 November 2019

Do you love trains? Would you like to use your research skills to help restore a 1930s Underground train to its former glory?

We are looking for volunteers with commitment, enthusiasm and a passion for trains to join a team researching various aspects of the history of our 1930s District line Q stock train. The research work is mainly done independently in libraries and archives, with a monthly meeting with the Curator and the team at London Transport Museum offices in Albany House, 94 Petty France. We are currently looking for one or two oral history interviewers to join our existing research team. Some of this work may take place in an interviewee’s home with a pair of volunteers. This role would suit a history or museology student with an interest in oral history.

You will be working with the Curator of Vehicles and Engineering as part of a new team of 3-6 volunteers supporting an existing restoration team.

Commitment

We ask that you can offer at least 2-4 days a month for an ongoing project. The restoration will run over several years, but we welcome shorter periods of commitment, too. We are happy to discuss this at your interview.

We will arrange individual or group interviews on a case-by-case basis.

You must be 18 years or above for this role.

Download the full role description [216KB]

Apply for Q Stock Research Volunteer role


Object Handling Volunteer

Location: Museum, Covent Garden
Closing date: Friday 6 December 2019

Object Handling volunteers help bring the museum’s collection to life, enabling visitors to discover the museum through touching real objects, and exploring themes in the galleries. The role offers the chance to learn about our collection alongside like-minded individuals and engage with a broad audience from novice to enthusiast, and families to senior citizens. You’ll demonstrate how some of our objects work and inspire visitor’s curiosity by giving them the chance to handle objects themselves.

Commitment

Volunteering is offered during school holidays throughout the year, and ad hoc for special events. Volunteer hours run from approximately 10:30 - 16:00 for most sessions but may differ dependent on the event. We ask for a commitment of 3 days per school holiday, but we can be flexible.

You must be able to attend:

  • Informal group interview on Wednesday 11 December at 16:00-17:00
  • Induction and training, Tuesday 17 December at 14:00-17:00

Apply

For more information, download the Object Handling Volunteer role description [182KB]

Apply now

If you would prefer to complete the application form in a different format please contact us at: [email protected]


Welcome Host Volunteer

Location: Museum, Covent Garden
Closing date: Monday 9 December 2019

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.

This role is suitable for those aged 16 and over.

Commitment

We ask that you offer a minimum of 2 days over the Christmas period, between 21 December 2019 – 5 January 2020.  We are happy to discuss this further during the group interview.

  • Informal group interviews will be held on Friday 13 December (10.00 & 11.00) lasting up to one hour
  • You are required to be available for an induction and training on Monday 16 December from 10.00 – 16.00

Apply

For more information, download the Welcome Host Volunteer role description [167KB]

Apply now

If you would prefer to complete the application form in a different format please contact us at: [email protected]



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Volunteers at London Transport Museum

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:

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Learning Volunteers

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.

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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.

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Volunteer Forum

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]

Investing in volunteers

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.

https://iiv.investinginvolunteers.org.uk

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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.

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