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Volunteering is vital to the Horniman Museum and Gardens

Engage Volunteers

The Horniman welcomes a wide range of people, including young families, to the Museum and Gardens each year. Engage Volunteers help bring our objects and displays to life and enable visitors to have richer, more hands-on experiences at the Horniman. Engage volunteers provide live interpretation in our Nature base, Butterfly House and Animal Walk. They enable visitors to learn through touching real Museum objects.

Family Learning Volunteers

  • Pond Dipping in our Nature Trail, Pond Dipping in our Nature Trail
    Pond Dipping in our Nature Trail

Family learning volunteers support our Family Learning Team to deliver a number of sessions across the week and throughout the school holidays. These include our busy bees storytelling, pond dipping and minibeast sessions, as well as many more.

Stay In Tune Thursdays Volunteer

Stay in Tune Thursdays volunteers support our Community Learning Team to deliver a programme of music based activities on a Thursday afternoon aimed at older adults. The volunteers will greet and support older adults to make sure the afternoon is a sociable and enjoyable one for all.

Current Vacancies 

Due to a high level of interest in volunteering, we can only accept applications for roles listed on this page.

Engage Volunteer

A regular, visitor-facing role in the galleries and Butterfly House helping to bring our objects and displays to life and enabling visitors to have richer, more hands-on experiences at the Horniman. Good spoken English and people skills are required, but all necessary training is provided in other areas.

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