Volunteering at Handel House Museum
Handel House Museum is a historical house, where volunteers play an invaluable and very welcome part in the every day operations of the museum. The volunteering programme not only makes a valuable contribution to the museum’s work, it also offers volunteers a wide range of benefits. By offering an interesting and stimulating environment, it enables volunteers to develop their knowledge and acquire skills which they can go on to use elsewhere.
The Handel House Museum recruits volunteers who are dedicated to learning and communicating, enhancing the visitor experience and who wish to support the Museum's work.
Volunteers are required to make visitors feel welcome in the museum and to carry out the following front of house duties:
Gallery assistants are the public face of the museum and play a vital role in enhancing the visitor experience and for providing information to visitors about the historic rooms and answering questions.
Receptionists are needed to greet visitors, sell general admission and event tickets, in charge of cloakroom and re-stocking event brochures and leaflets.
Shop assistants are responsible for maintaining the appearance of the museum shop, providing guidance for visitors with questions about shop products, and for selling the variety of products that are available for purchase.
Why Volunteer at Handel House?
- Use your existing skills and develop new talents in a unique environment.
- An opportunity to work in a stimulating and friendly setting with people who share similar interests
- Volunteering is a great way to gain practical experience for working in the museum sector.
What skills we require:
- Enthusiasm and an interest in Handel, music and the 18th century
- Comfortable and confident communicating with members of the public
- Reliability and punctuality
- A willingness to learn and engage in the museum’s work
- Team player
For a more detailed role description click here
What Our Visitors Have to Say
Enjoyed the visit immensely and talking in depth to the guides. It took me back to my school days!
A breathtaking experience! Huge thanks to all those who volunteer to continue to make this possible for future generations to share and enjoy.
This museum is a hidden gem! Loved every minute of my visit… enhanced by the high level of knowledge imparted from the volunteers! Many thanks.
Beautiful, very friendly and informative staff and volunteers.
What Our Volunteers Say
This House is a treasure and I feel privileged to be, in a very small way, a custodian of it.
I have learnt so much about the day to day running of a museum. Also we get to be involved in talks, writing articles for newsletters and even the chance to contribute to exhibitions. It is a lovely place to work and you really feel as though you are in the world of Handel.
Not only have I gained a deeper understanding of the eighteenth-century world in which Handel lived, but I have also had the opportunity to contribute my own specialist knowledge through the presentation of Saturday gallery talks and, more recently, to increase my confidence through giving guided tours!
What I enjoyed most about volunteering at Handel House was interacting with visitors from all over the world who have a passion for Handel, Baroque music and Georgian history.
If what you have read interests you, please download and complete the volunteer application form and email it to Fiona Livingston. Alternatively, post to:
Handel House Museum
25 Brook Street
London W1K 4HB
The Handel House Museum operates a fair and open recruitment process. Prospective volunteers will be interviewed to find out what they would like to do, their skills and suitability.
Handel House operates a rolling recruitment process. It is expected that you will be able to commit to at least one shift per week for at least six months. The museum can only offer unpaid Front of House experience. Volunteers must be aged 18 or over.