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I haven't volunteered in a museum before, does this matter?

Absolutely not! We will ensure that you receive the required training and supervision.

Can I volunteer if I am under 18?

We have a Horniman Youth Panel for young people aged 14-19. Find out more about the Youth Panel.

Can I claim back travel and lunch expenses?

All Volunteers can claim back lunch and travel expenses.

Where can I volunteer in the Horniman?

We have year-round opportunities to volunteer in the galleries on our Engage Volunteer programme.

Occasionally, opportunities do arise elsewhere and further information on any current opportunities is available on our behind-the-scenes page.

As an Engage Volunteer, can I come in on a specific day each week?

Yes this is the preferred method, although some days may already be full.

As an Engage Volunteer, will I do the same thing all the time?

Absolutely not! You rotate around four or more zones, including outdoors in the summer, so there's lots of variety.

As a Volunteer, what opportunities are there to find out more about the Horniman?

Each week we send out a Weekly Digest full of events you may like to be a part of, information about the Horniman and opportunities for Volunteers. There are often exciting talks which are arranged for Volunteers, where you can see how different areas of the Museum and Gardens work. There are also social activities which are a brilliant chance to get to know your colleagues.

Does the Horniman accept Work Experience Placements?

No, unfortunately we are not able to offer these placements.