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 programme or set timetable for these internships; they are advertised when the museum seeks additional support. When an opportunity arises, it will be posted here. Alternatively you can sign up to our mailing list – see ‘Get in Touch’ section below..

Current vacancies

Designs of the Year volunteer

Designs of the Year is an annual exhibition of 75 designs from around the world, covering six design categories. An award is given to the best design from the past 12 months. This volunteer role supports the Curator researching and collating information on the nominated design projects and assisting with correspondence to the nominators.

This placement for two volunteers, each working 2 days a week (weekdays only), for 3 months starting in mid-March.

Closing date: Sunday 11 February

Curatorial Research Assistant

This volunteer placement supports the Curators in the early development of a temporary exhibition exploring the future of the home and the changing aspects of contemporary domestic life. This exhibition will open in November 2018. The role involves researching material, e.g. literature and other exhibitions, closely related to the theme of the exhibition and recording your findings. This opportunity would suit people planning a career in museums and galleries.

This placement for 2-3 days a week (weekdays only), for 3 months starting end of February.

Closing date: Sunday 4 February

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.

Volunteering FAQs

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

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.