Volunteer at the museum

Volunteers are an integral part of the museum team. They work alongside staff, but in different roles, and contribute to the development and day-to-day operations of the museum, including ensuring a good welcome.

Types of volunteering opportunity

On-going roles: these include Welcomer, Tour Guide, Ambassador, Librarian and Family Activity volunteer. These roles suit people who enjoy working with the public, speak excellent English and offer good customer service skills

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. There is no set timetable for these internships - they are advertised on the website when a vacancy occurs.

There are currently no vacancies at present.

A Welcomer orientates a visitor

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


Family volunteers taking part in a workshop

Cataloguing the Museum’s fashion collection

An Industry Expert supporting a Design Ventura workshop

Volunteering FAQs

The volunteering FAQs answer some of the most common questions from those looking for volunteer opportunities.

Work Experience

The museum recognises that work experience is different from volunteering. The museum does not have the capacity to organise and supervise work experience placements.

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

For more information, contact the volunteering team on +44 (0)20 3862 5875.