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Ragged School Museum Trust

The Ragged School Museum is a beautiful and unique building that once housed the largest �Ragged School� in London, run by the esteemed Dr Barnardo. Today the museum celebrates and remembers his achievements as well as helping people gain an understanding of the Victorian East End. Working mainly with primary school children we run fun, interactive, drama-based workshops in our reconstructed classroom and kitchen.

Specifically, we aim to:

1.Provide children, teachers and families with an understanding of the life of the Victorian poor

2.Ensure that visits are enjoyable, inspirational and interactive

3.Preserve our buildings and our history

Application deadline: 

The Ragged School Museum is offering an exciting opportunity to join their successful Education Team. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers with excellent communication skills to help deliver educational sessions to visiting primary schools. This is a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with children or if you want to work in the museum/heritage sector. Volunteers will need to commit to one day a week (10.15am to 1.15pm) for an ongoing period (Monday or Friday only). The Ragged School Museum is a Grade II listed Victorian building that once housed the UK?s largest ‘ragged’ school. Run by Dr Barnardo, the school changed the lives of thousands of London’s very poorest waifs and strays.

Role Aim: 

To assist the running of our popular Schools Programme. In particular to deliver educational, object-handling sessions to visiting primary school classes.


One of the workshops that schools experience is an object-handling/activity session in our Victorian Kitchen. Volunteers will deliver workshops here to a range of pupils from age 7-11. We run two, hour long sessions in a morning. The aim of the session is to help the children understand how a poor Victorian family would have lived, with particular emphasis on the technological differences (i.e. how to wash clothes without running water or electricity). The sessions are intended to be hands-on, informal and fun. Full training will be given.

Skills needed: 

Excellent communication skills (or the desire to develop excellent communication skills), enthusiasm and energy. A desire to work with children is probably necessary (as that’s what you’ll be doing).


We will provide full training to deliver the sessions, as well as regular assessment and help.

At the Ragged School Museum, Mile End.
Time commitment: 
3-5 hours per week
Opening times: 
We are be looking for someone to volunteer a regular morning on a Monday or Friday.
Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here