Volunteering with Sir John Soane’s Museum

At Sir John Soane’s Museum we are extremely grateful to our wonderful volunteers for sharing their time, passion and inspiration with us.

Volunteering with us is an opportunity to learn and to deeply enjoy our Museum and collection. Our volunteers contribute their time, sharing their enthusiasm and developing their skills in an inspiring and supportive environment. 

We offer full training and provide support, supervision and learning materials to make the most of volunteering with us. Best of all, we welcome our volunteers into a warm, friendly and passionate team. 

Our Volunteering Roles

At Sir John Soane’s Museum we recruit sporadically through each year with a variety of opportunities to Volunteer with us.

Volunteers at the Soane support Visitor Experience, helping us to inspire visitors, and interpreting our unique and fascinating spaces. We also have volunteers helping in different ways, such as supporting our learning team, research library, exhibitions and facilities teams.  

We welcome applicants from all sections of the community and nurture a diverse and widely-skilled team. We encourage applications regardless of class, race, ethnicity, age or gender, and no particular education is necessary prior to volunteering. Our training gives you confidence, comfort, and a big welcome to the team, and you will learn more with every volunteering session at the Museum. You definitely don't need to learn everything before you start, and at the heart of volunteering with us is simply enjoying the amazing spaces and objects here.     

For volunteering related general enquiries please email volunteer@soane.org.uk.

Please note - Volunteers must be over 18 years. Please see below for details of our Youth Panel. 

Work Experience/Placements and Internships 

We are not able to accept work experience requests currently.

We offer other ways for young people to get involved with the work at Sir John Soane’s Museum, including our Youth Panel.

Current opportunities

Events Administration Volunteer

Sir John Soane’s Museum is the home of the great Regency architect Sir John Soane (1753 – 1837), and it displays his collection of antiquities, furniture, models, and paintings arranged as they were at the time of his death. In addition, it preserves his collection of over 30,000 architectural drawings and a fine library of over 7,000 volumes. It has been described as the ‘supreme example of the house-museum in the world’ and remains an iconic inspiration for architects, artists, and designers.

Who we are

Key to the Museum’s success is the high performing Soane Museum Enterprises team; the team responsible for its commercial income across our major strands of venue hire, private tours, retail, and licensing.

What you will do

This volunteer role will provide administrative support to the Commercial Event Manager. It will involve a variety of administrative tasks related to commercial events activities, in particular helping to support internal communication and reporting, data input, and contributing to the development and planning of future commercial events.

Where it is

The role is based at Sir John Soane’s Museum in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. You will be asked to commit for a minimum of 3 months, 1 days a week, to be reviewed at the end of that period.

How to apply

Download the role profile here

If you are interested in applying for this role please send your CV and a brief covering letter to Victoria Witty, Volunteer Manager, volunteer@soane.org.uk no later than 1st August. Interviews are scheduled for 15th August.

Closing date 1st August 2024

For more information about volunteering and available roles, click below to enter our Volunteer Portal.