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.

In 2010 the Museum was proud to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.


Volunteering Opportunities



We are looking for engaging volunteers to welcome visitors to the museum and provide a friendly front of house environment.

Your responsibilities will 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.

Tour Guides 

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.


Gardening Volunteer

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.



Rotherhithe is an old East India Company town, steeped in history. As well as exploring on our guided tours, you can join our workshops for tea & cake and a chat. More details here  info@brunel-museum.org.uk


Contact Us

To find out more about these and other volunteering opportunities or to apply for a role, contact our Volunteer Coordinator claire.godwin@brunel-museum.org.uk

Volunteer Application Form