We have a valuable and diverse team of volunteers.

Our volunteer opportunities include helping staff with events, tours, workshops and other activities.

Our volunteers bring added value to our visitor experience. For example, a volunteer with an interest in history is able to share their knowledge guiding our visitors around our historical site. On our information desk, volunteers chat to visitors about Somerset House, its history and our programme.

"It’s an absolute joy and I always look forward to my volunteer role with enthusiasm"

Janet, volunteer


We give volunteers the support and training they need to support them in their role. We have a Volunteer Manager who coordinates and facilitates training with our volunteers on regular basis. You decide how much time you can give – some of our volunteers help us for a limited period, while others have been with us for years.

We hope that volunteers receive some of the following benefits:

  • Put existing experience to good use
  • Be challenged
  • Learn a new skill
  • Gain references for a job or further education
  • Be supported by a professional, experienced team
  • Have an enjoyable experience and join our community

In return, we ask for your commitment, reliability and an interest in exploring Somerset House.

Our policy is that volunteers at Somerset House never act as a substitute for paid employees and the Trust does not recruit volunteers to replace or displace them.

‘It’s a lovely building, built in historically interesting times, and nowadays is really buzzing with activity. I feel very lucky to be a part of it’

Barbara, volunteer

Current opportunities

Are you looking for a regular ongoing volunteer role?

We are seeking people to join our Survey Volunteer and Information Desk Support teams.

We are seeking volunteers to become Floaters to support the Information Desk. Regulars often need to organise cover for themselves and rely upon a small team of Floaters. These are Information Desk trained volunteers without a regular session who specify when they are generally available. Training is by shadowing the experienced volunteers at the desk. New regular session opportunities are always advertised first to Floaters.

We also need more Survey Volunteers to collect visitor feedback for our Marketing team.

You choose when to volunteer, a three session during exhibition opening hours and use an ipad to conduct face-to-face chats that also you to help advise what else visitors can do whilst they are here as well as future exhibitions and events.


Please read through the attached role descriptions and if interested, please complete the Interest Form and email to volunteer@somersethouse.org.uk 

Survey Volunteer

Information Desk Support