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. Our Visitor Experience team 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

EVENT SUPPORT (London Design Biennale 2021)

Volunteering opportunity at Somerset House

Join our team of Event Support Volunteers for the opportunity to gain experience at London Design Biennale (01-27 Jun 2021) – one of London’s key design festivals, taking place at Somerset House.

Do you enjoy helping and engaging with other people? Are you interested in learning all about London Design Biennale and Somerset House, and sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm with our visitors?

You will be based mostly outside in our iconic neo-classical courtyard, providing a warm and friendly welcome, advising visitors about the event and welcoming audiences back to Somerset House following lockdown.

No previous experience is required and we will provide all the training and support needed. Covid safety precautions will be in place and your safety is our priority.

You should be available for at least 3 sessions each week across the run of the event, which runs from 01– 27 Jun 2021. Sessions are between 4 to 6 hours in length. You’ll also need to be able to attend an information day at Somerset House on either Fri 14 May or Wed 19 May plus an online training session on Wed 26 May 2021.

Somerset House is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community reflecting the diversity of our society.

HOW TO APPLY

Please read through the attached role description that you can download below and if interested and available for the required training date, please complete the Interest Form