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 internships: 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 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

Current vacancies

Touring Exhibitions volunteer

This role works alongside the Exhibitions Co-ordinators to support the on-going administration and co-ordination of various exhibitions, covering both touring exhibitions and the wider exhibition department. This role is an opportunity to gain an insight into how the Museum presents contemporary design to audiences both in London and further afield and would be ideal for someone keen to pursue a career in the practical side of exhibition and touring management.

The placement is one day a week (weekdays only) for three months, starting in mid-September.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 2 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.

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

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.

Please read the FAQs first.