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 and Family Activity volunteer.

Fixed-term placements: working 1-2 days a week (weekdays only), volunteers assist staff in the publishing, curatorial, exhibitions, communications and learning teams. These roles often require specific skills and experience and are useful for students and graduates developing a career in museums and cultural attractions, publishing, learning or digital fields. There is no programme or set timetable for these internships; they are advertised when the museum seeks additional support. When a volunteering opportunity arises, it will be posted under 'Current Vacancies'. Alternatively you can sign up to our mailing list – see ‘Get in Touch’ section below.



Sample role descriptions

Vacancies

Welcomer

On-going

Welcomers are the first people our visitors meet when they arrive at the museum. As members of the Visitor Experience team, you would greet visitors on arrival, listen to their needs, orientate them, answer questions and help them get the most out of their day. This on-going volunteering role is open to everyone, whether you are looking for a longer-term volunteering commitment or seeking front of house experience within a museum environment.

Please download the role description for full details. If you would like to apply, please return your completed application form to volunteer@designmuseum.org

Curatorial Research Assistant – Electronic music

December 2019 to February 2020

This volunteer role supports the Curator team in the research, development and administration of content for an exhibition exploring the landscape of electronic music, with examples of the technical innovations, leading figures and cultural responses shown through contemporary design, art, photography, film and archival material. The role involves researching material related to the theme and content of the exhibition, recording findings, supporting the development and editing of interpretation panels and elements of the exhibition installation. This placement would suit those aiming to pursue a career in the curatorial section of museums and galleries.

This is a fixed-term placement working 2 – 3 days a week for three months.

Please see the attached document for the full role description and details on how to apply.

Closing date for applications: Monday 18 November at 6pm

A Welcomer orientates a visitor

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.

Volunteering FAQs

Find the answers to your questions about volunteering at the museum and the different types of role.

Engaging with a young visitor in the New Old exhibition

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

Family volunteers taking part in a workshop

An Industry Expert supporting a Design Ventura workshop

Get in touch

To join the Design Museum’s mailing list for fixed-term placements (voluntary internships) please click the link below. If you have any questions about volunteering at the museum you get in touch with a member of the volunteering team by emailing volunteer@designmuseum.org (Mon – Fri).