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

OPEN HOUSE VOLUNTEERS

Open House is London's largest festival of architecture and design where over 800 buildings across London open their doors to the public for free.

We like you to join our team over two special days of tours and more on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September to welcome and help visitors to explore parts of Somerset House usually hidden from public view.

Volunteer roles include

Welcoming visitors and advising about them about the activities and facilities on offer

Explore volunteers who will be informing visitors in various spaces of hidden histories and odd facts

Guides and Helpers who will show groups through spaces they wouldn’t normally have access to.

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 training sessions – see role description for details.

HOW TO APPLY

Please read through the attached role description and if interested and available for the required training date, please complete the Interest Form and email to volunteer@somersethouse.org.uk