Volunteering

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

Training

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

Future opportunities

Summer Welcome Volunteers

We are seeking volunteers to provide a friendly and informative welcome to our visitors from early June to mid-September, helping them to explore and enjoy our exciting programme of exhibitions and events.

You’ll be part of our Visitor Experience team, meeting and greeting visitors, welcoming and helping groups, advising and informing all about Somerset House.

Volunteers who are regularly available over most of this period for at least 3 sessions each month are preferred. We hope you’ll want to stay on after the summer for other roles too.

Most sessions will be Saturdays or Sundays 12.00-16.00

There will also be some weekday evening sessions from 17.00 to 21.00

We’ll supply the information, training and support. We need your enthusiasm, interest and willingness to learn all about Somerset House and pass that on to our visitors.

You’ll need to be able to attend one of our Information sessions on Thursday 23 May and an afternoon training session on 10 June.

HOW TO APPLY

Please read through the role description and if interested and available to attend the required dates please email volunteer@somersethouse.org.uk addressing the following questions:

1. Tell us briefly about any experience you have assisting the general public in a visitor attraction, retail, hospitality or other setting:

2. Tell us briefly about a great visitor service experience that you’ve encountered.

3. Tell us about briefly about any volunteering that you’ve done recently and, if you enjoyed it, why?

4. What would you like to gain from volunteering at Somerset House?