Volunteer at the museum

Volunteers are an integral part of the museum team. They work alongside staff, but in different roles, and contribute both to the development of museum activity as well as day-to-day operations, ensuring a warm welcome for all our visitors.

Types of volunteering opportunity

On-going roles: these are primarily roles which suit people who enjoy working with the public, speak excellent English, offer good customer service skills and can be available on a regular basis, e.g. Welcomer, Family Activity volunteer and Gardener. These roles are advertised as and when vacancies occur.

3-month placements: working 1-3 days a week (weekdays only), volunteers assist staff in the publishing, exhibitions, communications and learning teams. These roles often require specific skills and experience and are useful for those developing a career in museums and cultural attractions, publishing or digital fields. There is no set timetable for these internships. When a vacancy occurs, it will be posted here. Alternatively you can sign up to our mailing list – see ‘Get in Touch’ section below.

Current vacancies

Family Activity volunteer

On Monday-Friday during school holidays the museum provides simple design-inspired activities for children. We are currently seeking volunteers with experience in working with groups of children to supervise the activity and engage with families.

See attached for the full role description and application form.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 1 October.

A Welcomer orientates a visitor

Packing the museum’s library in preparation for the move to Kensington


Family volunteers taking part in a workshop

Engaging with a young visitor in the New Old exhibition

An Industry Expert supporting a Design Ventura workshop

Work Experience

The museum recognises that work experience is different from volunteering. The museum is currently focusing on core activities and consequently regrets it does not have the capacity to organise work experience placements, neither for groups nor individuals.

Download the Design Museum Volunteering Policy

Find out more information about the Design Museum's position regarding volunteering and its commitment to:

• Positively and actively engaging volunteers in its work
• Offering fully supported, well-managed volunteer opportunities
• Following consistent and fair volunteer recruitment and management procedures
• Providing a duty of care towards its visitors, staff and volunteers

Get in touch

To add your name to the Design Museum's mailing list for volunteer opportunities, or to ask a question, please contact the Volunteering Manager on 020 3862 5875.