Volunteering

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Volunteering is a great way to develop skills and give back to the community. Whether you're volunteering to keep busy, learn new skills or to meet new people London Transport Museum is a great place to be.

Volunteers make a huge contribution to London Transport Museum. Give some of your time and you can gain so much in return:

  • Develop transferable skills towards your own career development at any age!
  • Work with friendly and supportive people
  • Experience at London Transport Museum makes a great addition to any CV

Volunteers greet our visitors, provide tours of our historic collection, support our families and schools programmes and help with cataloguing, Library research and support conservation projects among many other areas. With over 25,000 hours donated in the last year, the Museum depends heavily on the support and generosity of our volunteers. 

  • When? When you can! We will talk to you about what you can offer, and the kind of roles we have available that may suit you.
  • How long for? No fixed period, but it may be linked to the duration of an activity or a volunteer role. We agree the hours you come in when you start, and keep checking with you that they are still suitable.
  • Who for? Anyone! Some volunteers have a real love of our collection and London Transport history, though it is not essential. Many of the London Transport Museum Friends are regular volunteers, but volunteering is open to all. It's ideal if you have spare time and want to give some of it to a good cause in a sociable environment.

Find out more about our volunteering roles by clicking here.

For further information on volunteering with us read our Volunteering Guide [2.15 MB PDF]


Vehicle Cleaning Volunteer

Location: London Transport Museum Depot, Acton Town
Closing date: 16 October 2019

Are you interested in London Transport or passionate about heritage vehicles? Do you enjoy working alongside like-minded colleagues in a sociable environment?

We are looking for volunteers based in the London Borough of Ealing to support a new project assisting our Curatorial team with cleaning and caring for our varied collection of historic vehicles at our Acton Depot site. You will be working as part of a new team maintaining our heritage trains.

Commitment:

The project will run one day per week for 6 weeks (October-December 2019), and we ask that you commit to a minimum of 3 dates across this period. There may be an opportunity for volunteers to continue supporting heritage vehicle preservation after the project. We are happy to discuss this further during the group interview.

  • Informal interviews will be held on Tuesday 22 October.  They will last up to one hour
  • You are required to be available for an induction and training on Friday 25 October

This role is suitable for those aged 18 years and over.

Apply

For more information, download the Vehicle Cleaning Volunteer role description [214KB]

Apply now

If you would prefer to complete the application form in a different format please contact us at: [email protected]


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Date: 26 October 2019, 14:00 – 16:00
Location: London Transport Museum Depot

Join us for this very exciting session as we go behind the scenes at London Transport Museum's Acton Depot and help maintain the miniature railway!

We will be outdoors painting the sheds where the miniature railway trains live and doing general maintenance of the railway track before, as a reward for all our hard work, having a ride on the train itself. Choo choo!

Suitable for ages 5+.

  • Due to the nature of the tasks, this session is suitable for ages 5+. Younger siblings are however welcome to attend accompanied by their older sibling(s) and their grown up(s).
  • Spaces are free, though please book in advance. 
  • When booking please select one space per person (whether adult or child).
  • All children must be accompanied by their grown up(s).
  • All equipment will be provided but please wear old clothes suitable for painting in, and getting dirty!

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This event is being delivered in partnership with Family Volunteering Club

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When: Friday 15 November 2019, 14:00 – 17:00
Location: London Transport Museum, Covent Garden

Are you interested in London Transport? Do you enjoy working with heritage collections? Do you like working with audiences, meeting new people and learning new skills?

Come along to our recruitment day from 14:00-17:00 at our Museum in Covent Garden to find out about the exciting ways to get involved with us as a volunteer. You will have the chance to meet London Transport Museum staff and volunteers and find out what it’s all about! We’ll also be running activities and providing opportunities to discover the many ways that volunteers work with our collection.

Some of the areas we are recruiting volunteers for include:

  • Welcome hosts
  • Object Handling
  • Curatorial volunteers

To RSVP and for further information on the event contact us at: [email protected]


Object Handling Volunteer

Location: Museum, Covent Garden
Closing date: Friday 6 December 2019

Object Handling volunteers help bring the museum’s collection to life, enabling visitors to discover the museum through touching real objects, and exploring themes in the galleries. The role offers the chance to learn about our collection alongside like-minded individuals and engage with a broad audience from novice to enthusiast, and families to senior citizens. You’ll demonstrate how some of our objects work and inspire visitor’s curiosity by giving them the chance to handle objects themselves.

Commitment

Volunteering is offered during school holidays throughout the year, and ad hoc for special events. Volunteer hours run from approximately 10:30 - 16:00 for most sessions but may differ dependent on the event. We ask for a commitment of 3 days per school holiday, but we can be flexible.

You must be able to attend:

  • An informal group interview on 11 December,16:00-17:00
  • An induction and training, 17 December 14:00-17:00

Apply

For more information, download the Object Handling Volunteer role description [182KB]

Apply now

If you would prefer to complete the application form in a different format please contact us at: [email protected]



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Volunteers at London Transport Museum

Our volunteers contribute to a wide range of activity across the Museum, from greeting visitors, providing tours, supporting our programmes and Library staff and contributing to research and conservation projects.

Here are a selection of summaries outlining a range of activities volunteers are involved in at London Transport Museum:

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Learning Volunteers

Who are the Learning Volunteers?

Made up of over 20 volunteers contributing 9,000 hours over the last year, volunteers ensure the Learning Team deliver high quality learning for all. They provide an extra layer of engagement with our audiences that our staff alone cannot offer. Volunteers provide a depth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to all the areas of the team they support, and their contributions are invaluable.

What do Learning Volunteers do?

The Learning Team programme offers sessions and activities aimed at a wide and diverse range of people, to enable everyone to engage with the Museum and its collections in exciting and varied ways. Learning Volunteers are encouraged to get involved in and support all aspects of the Learning team’s programming, from helping a family design their own bus to exploring our collection with vulnerable adults.

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Object handling volunteers

During school holiday periods a team of knowledgeable volunteers provide visitors to the Museum with a hands-on opportunity to learn about objects in our collection. Our object handling volunteers help bring our collection to life by explaining the history and use of the objects, whilst providing visitors with an opportunity to handle the items and learn about their use.

This is a great opportunity for volunteers to learn about our collection alongside like-minded individuals, and engage with a broad audience from novice to enthusiast, young children and families to senior citizens, sharing their fond memories of when items were in operation.

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Volunteer Forum

At London Transport Museum, the Volunteer Forum provides volunteers with an opportunity to directly engage with staff (both operational and management) on developing the way the Museum works with volunteers. The Volunteer Forum is represented by volunteers from across the spectrum of roles at London Transport Museum, and provides a platform for all volunteers to input suggestions and ideas to enhance volunteering.

An outline of current representatives can be found here: Volunteer Forum representatives [440KB PDF]

The Volunteer Forum can be contacted at [email protected]

Investing in volunteers

London Transport Museum is the proud holder of the Investing in Volunteers accreditation, the UK quality standard for good practice in volunteer management. Proving our commitment to providing a rewarding volunteering experience, we strive to offer dynamic opportunities and effective support to all our volunteers.

https://iiv.investinginvolunteers.org.uk

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Tel: +44 (0)343 222 5000
Email: [email protected] 

At London Transport Museum, we believe that the welfare of children and vulnerable adults is paramount. We will ensure that all children and vulnerable adults who engage with our services are safe and protected. Our commitment to safeguarding excellence can been seen through how we train and support all our staff and volunteers, and how any concerns about the safety of children and vulnerable adults are managed.

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