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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. 

Volunteer Valentino stands next to the Sarcophagus of Seti I.

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

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


Work Experience/Placements and Internships 

Sir John Soane’s Museum hosts two work experience placements a year in the summer. We are presently partnered with local state schools in Camden and are working with charities which help us reach different audiences. As a result we’re not able to accept other work experience requests currently.

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

Volunteer Jo speaks to two visitors in the Breakfast Room of no. 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields.

Current - Volunteer Visitor Assistant

Volunteering alongside experienced members of staff, and playing an integral role in the daily running of the Museum, our Volunteer Visitor Assistants help to provide our visitors with a world-class visitor experience.

The role includes welcoming visitors to the Soane, interpreting our different and unique spaces, and safeguarding our collections.

We are currently recruiting Volunteer Visitor Assistants for the new year.

If you would like to offer us your support as a volunteer you can register by following the link below.  

We thank you for your support.

Explore our Volunteer Portal