Become a volunteer
The Brunel Museum commemorates Brunel’s first and last projects: the first metro and the first modern ocean liner. We are a small registered charity depending on the generous support of the public.
The Brunel Museum has only two full-time salaried employees and is entirely dependent on its team of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers. Volunteers undertake a variety of tasks to ensure the smooth day to day running of the museum, the maintenance and development of the museum’s displays and gardens, and the successful staging of special events.
We are looking for engaging volunteers to welcome visitors to the museum and provide a friendly front of house environment. Responsibilities include:
- Opening and closing the museum
- Delivering a short introduction to the museum
- Fielding enquiries in person or over the phone
- Processing admissions
- Selling merchandise
- Invigilating temporary exhibitions
- Serve refreshments in our Café Gallery
- Manage social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook
- Ensuring the wellbeing of museum visitors
- Help deliver the museum’s innovative events programme
You will be reliable, trustworthy and able to commit to a minimum of a half day a week, weekdays or weekend, either 10.00am – 1.30pm or 1.30pm-5.00pm. We also have evening volunteer opportunities on certain concert, theatre and opera nights from 6pm-9.30pm. Volunteers have a free ticket to some of London’s most exciting musicians, playing in the underground chamber or the museum itself.
We are looking for enthusiastic, outgoing and committed individuals to join our growing team of Volunteer Tour Guides to help deliver the museum’s popular London Walking tours for one half day a week/ weekend.
We deliver themed guided tours about the Brunel family’s amazing achievements and the history of Rotherhithe. Heritage boat trips take place Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and the riverside walks on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. So public walks every day except Friday, and tours on other days for private groups.
As a Volunteer Tour Guide you will be responsible for safely leading a group of 20-30 members of the general public. Experience in delivering tours and cash handling is desirable but not essential, training will be provided. We are able to reimburse volunteers for any out of pocket expenses.
Volunteers will also have the opportunity to deliver special ‘one-off’ tours during Open House Weekend and other advertised events.
The grounds of the museum have recently been extended with a large roof garden. We are looking for people to help plant out new beds and tend established ones. Volunteer gardeners will work together on team days and individually when they are free and the sun is out. The museum’s riverside cafe serves gardeners with free tea and biscuits. This role requires an interest in gardening and an enthusiasm for working in a team towards the beautification of a community space. Gardening volunteers can expect to pick up new skills and take part in a healthy, community-spirited project.
Get in touch to find out more about these and other volunteering opportunities.