Volunteering

Volunteer with group of children

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]


get involved volunteering Volunteer Recruitment Day

Location: London Transport Museum, Covent Garden
Event date: Saturday 16 March 2019

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 11:00-15:00 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
  • Event stewards
  • Family volunteer roles

For further information and to RSVP for the event please email [email protected]


Volunteering Opportunities

Restoration Volunteer - Q stock

Location: Museum Depot, Acton
Closing date: Wednesday 20 February 2019

Do you like working with your hands? Do you love trains? Would you like to help restore a 1930s Underground train to its former glory?

We are looking for volunteers with commitment, enthusiasm and a passion for trains to help with the restoration of our 1930s District line Q stock train. We especially welcome volunteers with technical skills, but also those with less experience but a willingness to learn.

You will be working as part of a team of friendly volunteers from a variety of professional backgrounds. The work takes place at our Museum Depot at Acton on Thursdays during the day, and one Saturday a month. You can join one or both working parties.

Commitment

We ask that you can offer at least 1-4 days a month for an ongoing project. The restoration will run over several years, but we welcome shorter periods of commitment, too. We are happy to discuss this at your interview.

We will arrange individual or group interviews on a case by case basis.

This role is currently only available to those aged 18 years and over.

Apply

For more information, download the Restoration Volunteer - Q stock role description [199KB]

Download the application form [992KB]


Research Volunteer - Q stock

Location: At home/libraries/archives plus regular meetings at Albany House
Closing date: Thursday 28 February 2019

Do you love trains? Would you like to use your research skills to help restore a 1930s Underground train to its former glory?

We are looking for volunteers with commitment, enthusiasm and a passion for trains to research various aspects of the history of our 1930s District line Q stock train. The research work will mainly be done independently in libraries and archives, with a monthly meeting with the Curator and the team at London Transport Museum offices in Albany House, 94 Petty France. The main source material will be technical documents, letters and business documents, photographs and staff and industry publications. Depending on the interests and skills of the team, oral history interviews will also be a possible method of enquiry. In this case some of the work may take place in an interviewee’s home with a pair of volunteers.

You will be working with the Curator of Vehicles and Engineering as part of a new team of 3-6 volunteers supporting an existing restoration team.

Commitment

We ask that you can offer at least 2-4 days a month for an ongoing project. The restoration will run over several years, but we welcome shorter periods of commitment, too. We are happy to discuss this at your interview.

We will arrange interviews on a case by case basis.

This role is currently only available to those aged 18 years and over.

Apply

For more information, download the Research Volunteer - Q Stock role description [199KB]

Download the application form [993KB]


IT Helpdesk Analyst Volunteer

Location: Covent Garden and Albany House
Closing date: 4 March 2019

Do you enjoy being in a customer facing environment, with a passion for Information Technology (IT)? We are looking for volunteers with commitment, enthusiasm and a passion for IT, to help the Museum at a critical time in its IT journey.

You’ll be supporting our IT team in a helpdesk environment, to keep the Museum’s IT running across three sites in Covent Garden, Acton and Albany House. You will mainly provide desktop support and help resolve 1st and 2nd line calls.

This role would suit a school leaver or graduate who is available immediately and is looking for more experience or to start an IT career!

Commitment

We ask that you commit to one day per week, ideally for six months.

  • Informal interviews will be held week commencing 11 March 2019
  • Induction and training will be provided on your first day in the role

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

Apply

For more information, download the IT Helpdesk Analyst Volunteer role description [197KB]

Download the application form [992KB]


Curatorial Volunteer – Collections Care and Storage

Location: Museum Depot, Acton
Closing date: Friday 8 March 2019

Would you like to help care for and re-package museum collections, so that they are accessible and in good condition, for visitors and enquirers to enjoy?

We are looking for volunteers with commitment and enthusiasm to work alongside curators at our Museum Depot site in Acton. This is our working store, housing over 320,000 objects. The role will principally involve working with the paper collections (ephemera, maps, tickets, timetable books) and the textile (uniform) collections.

Staff will provide full training and support, in line with best practice for the museum sector.

Commitment

We ask that you can offer one to two days per month.  We are happy to discuss this further during the group interview.

  • Informal group interviews will be held on Tuesday 19th March.  They will last up to one hour
  • You are required to be available for an induction on Monday 1st April, from 1.30pm – 4.30pm

This role is suitable for those aged 18 and over.

Apply

For more information, download the Curatorial Collections Care role description [200KB].

Download the application form [993KB]


Welcome Host Volunteer

Location: London Transport Museum, Covent Garden
Closing date: Wednesday 27 March 2019

Do you enjoy being in a customer-facing environment, engaging with children and adults, and being part of a team?

We are looking for volunteers with commitment, enthusiasm and a passion for museum collections to support our excellent Customer Services team during a busy holiday period. Our volunteers offer a warm welcome to visitors on arrival, assisting with the admissions process and provides visitors with any information they need for their visit. Supervising our collection provides an opportunity to engage with our visitors whilst learning about the history of London Transport.

Commitment

We ask that you offer a minimum of 2 days over the Easter period, between 6 – 21 April 2019.  We are happy to discuss this further during the group interview.

  • Informal group interviews will be held on Friday 29 March (11.00 & 15.00) lasting up to one hour
  • You are required to be available for an induction and training on Wednesday 3 April from 10.00 – 16.00

This role is suitable for those aged 14 years and over.

Apply

For more information, download the Welcome Host Volunteer role description [238KB].

Apply for this role


Event Steward Volunteer

Location: Depot, Acton
Closing date: Thursday 18 April 2019

Do you enjoy being in a customer facing environment, engaging with children and adults, and being part of a friendly and supportive team?

We are looking for volunteers with commitment, enthusiasm and a passion for museum collections to support our excellent Customer Services team during our two-day Depot Open Weekend on 27 and 28 April 2019.

Our volunteers offer a warm welcome to visitors on arrival and provide useful information to visitors across the site during their visit. Supervising our collection provides an exciting opportunity to engage with people whilst learning about the history of London Transport.

Commitment

We ask that you can offer a minimum of 1 day during the event.  We are happy to discuss this further during the group interview.

  • Informal group interviews will be held on Monday 22 April lasting up to one hour
  • You will need to be available for an induction and site orientation on Wednesday 24 April

This role is suitable for those aged 14 years and over.

Apply

For more information, download the Event Steward Volunteer role description [238KB].

Apply for this role



Volunteer banner

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:

Learning volunteers with group of children

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.

Object handling volunteer with a visitor

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.

For current volunteering opportunities, visit our Get Involved page 

volunteer forum networking

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 [681KB 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

12345 copy

Contact us

Tel: +44 (0)20 7565 7264
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.