Volunteering

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Volunteering is a great way to develop skills and give back to the community. Whether you are 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 25000 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 [2.15MB PDF]

Here are a selection of summaries outlining a range of activities volunteers are involved in at London Transport Museum:

Learning volunteers with group of children

Learning Volunteers

Who are the Learning Volunteers at London Transport Museum?

Made up of over 20 volunteers contributing 9000 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 at London Transport Museum 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 volunteer with a visitor

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.

For current volunteering opportunities, visit our Get Involved page 

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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 [797KB PDF]

The Volunteer Forum can be contacted at [email protected]

Contact us

Tel: +44 (0)20 7565 7264
Email: [email protected]