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Become a volunteer

Gardening tour with the Geffrye gardeners

The Geffrye welcomes volunteers to work alongside us at a wide range of events and activities at the museum. Here are some of the types of activity that volunteers help us with, although other roles do come up at different times:

  • with children’s holiday activities
  • manning our quiz desk which has over 60 quizzes for children aged 5-15
  • at our busy summer family days and other family events
  • with basic administration 
  • as a guide in the restored almshouse
  • in the gardens

Almshouse Tour Guide Volunteers

We are looking for friendly and enthusiastic volunteers to join our team of tour guides, who help bring the past to life for today’s visitors. Guides deliver a five-minute introductory talk after which visitors are free to explore the restored Almshouse for another thirty minutes. The volunteer tour guides are on hand throughout this time to help answer questions and interact with visitors.

Tours take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and it is possible to volunteer for the morning (10am – 1.30pm) or afternoon (1.30pm – 5pm). We ask for a minimum commitment of 6 months.

Download the role description

Download the interest form

Please complete the interest form and return it by Monday 15 May to volunteering@geffrye-museum.org.uk or Volunteering, Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA.

We will be arranging informal interviews to discuss the role further.

Induction date: Monday 5 June

Training session’s available on either:  Tuesday 6 June or Thursday 22 June


Community Programme Support Volunteers

We are looking for some friendly volunteers to support our programme of activities for community groups. In this role you will support sessions across audiences including community groups, families, older people, people with disabilities and groups learning English as a second language. We run sessions both at the Geffrye museum and off-site in a variety of community settings. The sessions allow groups to explore our museum and gardens in greater depth through hands on projects and activities.

Volunteers in these sessions provide extra support for participants ensuring that their visits are as enjoyable as possible. 

Download the role description

Download the interest form

Please complete the interest form and return it by Monday 15 May to volunteering@geffrye-museum.org.uk or Volunteering, Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA.

There will be taster session on Wednesday 7 June 1pm - 5pm

Induction and Training session: Wednesday 14 June 11am - 4pm


Geffrye Explorer Volunteers

The Geffrye Museum is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help run our ‘Geffrye Explorer’ activities for families during the school holidays.

Sessions run from 10am – 1pm and 1pm – 4.30pm, Tuesday - Friday. During the summer months, when we offer free activities in the gardens, afternoon volunteers will be outside.

Reasonable travel expenses are reimbursed and refreshments are provided.

Download the role description

Download the interest form

Please complete the interest form and return it by Monday 1 May to volunteering@geffrye-museum.org.uk or Volunteering, Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA.

Would you be available to come along to a taster session on the morning of Tuesday 9 May or the morning of Thursday 11 May?


We offer a warm and friendly environment in which to learn new skills and offer training for all the above duties. You can view our Volunteer Handbook here, which outlines the way the Geffrye works with volunteers as well as the types of roles available.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please email Volunteering or fill out our online volunteering form.

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