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


Sunday Family Activity Volunteer

Because families are very important to the Design Museum, we have created a range of simple, design-inspired, free drop-in activities for families to engage with on the last Sunday of the month. Volunteers play an important role during these sessions, actively engaging with families to fully explain the activities whilst managing the Common Room space and its resources. We are therefore looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help run these activities. This role will suit those looking for visitor-facing or Learning experience in a museum and gallery.

This is an on-going role volunteering on the last Sunday of the month, beginning at the end of September.

Please download the full role description for further information. To apply, fill in the Design Museum application form available below and return this to volunteer@designmuseum.org

Curatorial Research Assistant – streetwear / subculture / fashion exhibition

This volunteer role supports the Curators in the research and development of a temporary exhibition exploring streetwear, subcultures and fashion due to open in March 2020. The role involves researching material closely related to the theme of the exhibition and recording your findings. This placement would suit those aiming to pursue a career in museums and galleries.

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

Please download the full role description for further information and details on how to apply.

Closing date for applications: Monday 9 September

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).