Volunteers

Giving vital support
to the work of
the Museum

Volunteers contribute to the work of the Museum in many different ways, from engaging with visitors in the galleries, to supporting the work of the Museum’s curatorial, learning or administrative departments.

Volunteer policy 

Volunteers at the British Museum

 

Current opportunities

Eye-opener Guide

 

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our eye-opener guiding programme. The eye-opener tours are designed to introduce visitors to parts of the Museum’s collection. We offer fifteen tours daily, seven days a week, each lasting between 30 and 40 minutes. This is a great opportunity to learn about the collection and to engage with our visitors.

This volunteer role involves

  • Taking visitors on a tour of part of the collection
  • Answering questions from the public

How the programme is organised

  • Volunteers train for one tour at a time
  • Once trained, volunteers will be entered onto a fixed rota system where they deliver two tours over a four week period
  • In the event that volunteers cannot make a tour, we ask that they swap with a fellow volunteer so that the tour is covered

What we would like from you

  • To have a keen interest in the Museum’s collection
  • To enjoy talking to people and be enthusiastic about engaging our visitors with the Museum’s collection
  • To be confident presenting to large groups of people in a busy environment
  • To envision being able to commit to leading two tours over a four-week period for a minimum of six months

What you can expect from us

  • We will provide you with training on how to deliver a tour and on the information you will be asked to present. We do not ask that you have any prior knowledge of the Museum’s collections
  • To be part of the friendly British Museum Volunteers team

The eye-opener tours available include:

We currently have opportunities available on both weekdays and weekends for a range of tours. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Japan
  • China
  • Africa
  • Ancient Egypt
  • World of Money
  • Mexico
  • Enlightenment

How to apply

Please follow the instructions on the Volunteer Enquiry form.

 

 

The closing date for applications is: Friday 11 September 2015.

Selection session: Friday 18 September (am) or Friday 25 September (pm). Please note that you must be able to make one of these dates.

Family Volunteers, Samsung Digital Discovery Centre

 

The Museum’s Family programme delivers a wide range of activities and events for families visiting the Museum, from workshops, talks and crafts to exciting digital learning activities. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our Samsung Digital Discovery Centre Family programme. This is a great opportunity to learn about how digital technology is used to deliver stimulating and creative learning opportunities for the whole family.

This programme could/is likely to include

  • Helping the team set up the Samsung Centre equipment before the families arrive
  • Meeting and greeting families when they arrive at the Samsung Centre
  • Assisting our Museum learning team with the running of the family sessions, particularly with administrative elements i.e. evaluation and permission forms
  • Helping the team clear-up the Samsung Centre at the end of session

How the programme is organised

  • Volunteers are asked to sign up to a flexible rota and we ask that they engage with at least 2 sessions each month
  • The rota is organised every two months
  • Activities take place at weekends and during school holidays, usually between 11.00 and 16.00
  • Volunteers share email addresses so swaps can be arranged

What we would like from you

  • To have a keen interest in museum learning programmes
  • To enjoy working with or to want to work with, families and teenagers, and be enthusiastic about engaging them with the Museum collection
  • To be interested in how digital equipment and multimedia software can be used for learning
  • To envision being able to commit to a minimum of 2 sessions per month and be engaged with the programme for at least 6 months

What you can expect from us

  • You will have the opportunity to explore world cultures and history with families through a programme of activities
  • To be part of a friendly professional team and learn more about how technology is being used in a museum learning environment

How to apply

Please complete the Volunteer Enquiry form.

 

 

Closing date for applications: Friday 11 September 2015.

Selection session: 23 September 2015, 17.00 – 19.30.