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, helping us to inspire 23,000 school children and teachers and 39,000 visitors during the school holidays adn Open Weekends. 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
Last year, our volunteers contributed over 22,000 hours to the Museum, volunteering in everything from vehicle restoration to supporting school sessions and helping at our Depot - in 47 different roles!
You can find out more about some of our roles below, and sign up to our enewsletter to hear more about ways you can support the Museum.
- 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]
Our volunteers provide fantastic support in a wide range of areas to help us keep the wheels turning at London Transport Museum! Here is just a taste of the wide range of areas volunteers are involved in:
- Volunteers support us regularly with administrative tasks, from planning events to updating databases and creating handy guides for other volunteers to use
- We receive regular donations to our collection from bus maps to timetables and tickets, so our collections care volunteers help us to accession and archive items into our ephemera library
- One of the amazing ways for audiences to see our collection close up is through guided tours. Our experienced and knowledgeable volunteers lead these tours throughout the year at our Depot in Acton across a variety of themes, and even deliver tours across our Hidden London programme.
Find out more about some specific volunteering roles below:
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.