Volunteering at Handel House

Volunteers play an invaluable and very welcome part in the every day operations of the house. The volunteering programme not only makes a valuable contribution to the organisation’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.

Weekend Support Volunteer

Handel House is looking for a committed and enthusiastic volunteer to support weekend staff. This is an exciting position and a chance to gain Front of House experience and back office experience in equal measure and to work with members of staff and volunteers. This is a great opportunity to get an insight into how a small historic house operates.

The type of work that you will be expected to do will vary each week and will include data uploading, delivering a Saturday Talk, tour guiding, taking event bookings, research tasks and assisting with volunteer management. Please see the role description for further details of the types of tasks that you will be given to do.

An interest in, and knowledge of history and music is essential as well as excellent interpersonal and communication skills; including excellent written and spoken English. Reliability and punctuality are also essential qualities. Full training will be given and the organisation will offer travel expenses (up to £5.50). This role will rotate between Saturdays and Sundays with a free weekend every three weeks.  

Please email your CV and application form to Carly Lawrence

To find out more about this role please view the Weekend Support Volunteer specification.

 Volunteer Opportunities

Handel House recruits volunteers who are dedicated to learning and communicating, enhancing the visitor experience and who wish to support the organisation's work.

Volunteers are required to make visitors feel welcome and to carry out the following front of house duties:

Gallery assistants are the public face of the house 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 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 heritage 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 organisation’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. 

Getting Involved

If what you have read interests you, please download and complete the volunteer application form and email it to Carly Lawrence. Alternatively, post to:

Carly Lawrence
Volunteer Supervisor
Handel House
25 Brook Street
London W1K 4HB

Handel House 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.

Further Information

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. Handel House can only offer unpaid Front of House experience. Volunteers must be aged 18 or over.

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