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If you would like to support us by giving your time to help both Leighton House and Sambourne House, we’d love to hear from you.

The Children's Fete, supported by our volunteers, Leighton House.

Leighton House and Sambourne House both have volunteering opportunities for people looking for experience working in museums.

Volunteering is a wonderful way to learn more about Lord Leighton, Linley Sambourne and the artworks in the collections and bring them to life for our visitors. Volunteering can also boost your wellbeing. You can meet likeminded people, recharge your creativity or treat yourself with your volunteer discount in our café or shop! 

What you can expect from us
  • An induction explaining what we do and how volunteers fit within the museum, to help you meet the standards expected from volunteers 
  • Training on the processes, procedures and equipment necessary to perform your role, including health and safety, safeguarding, and equality and diversity policies as appropriate 
  • Briefings and information about our work 

Examples of volunteer activities include
  • Museum/room steward 
  • Helping with events 
  • Assisting and/or leading educational workshops 
  • Tour guide 
  • Research 
  • Conservation 
  • General administrative work 
  • Collections management 
  • Gardening 
Volunteering at Leighton House gave me a tremendous appreciation of Lord Leighton and the Holland Park Circle of artists. Working with the staff and other volunteers during an exhibition was truly a memorable experience and gave one the opportunity to share our studied information with visitors from all over the world. Volunteering has rewarded me by introducing me to a wealth of Pre-Raphaelite and Aesthetics artists.

Jeannette, Volunteer at Leighton House

Do you need to have previously volunteered or worked at a museum, or have formal qualifications, to become a volunteer? 

No, previous experience or qualifications are not necessary for any of our volunteer roles. Our induction and specific on-going training will cover everything you need to feel confident doing the role. 

Can I apply for more than one volunteer role? 

Yes, you can apply for as many roles as you like. 

Is there a minimum requirement in terms of length of volunteering? 

There is no minimum requirement in terms of length. Each role lists the commitment required. 

When can I volunteer? 

You can volunteer on any day of the week. 

Do I need a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to volunteer with you? 

Yes, we can arrange this free of charge through the museum. 

When can I expect to hear back from you with regards to my volunteer application? 

We aim to respond to applications within 21 working days.

Get in touch

If you are interested in joining our amazing team of volunteers, contact us today:


Tracey Lazarus, Volunteer Coordinator

Email: [email protected]