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English Heritage - Kenwood House

English Heritage champions our historic places and advises the Government and others to help today’s generation get the best out of our heritage and ensure that it is protected for future generations.

Our learning team volunteers bring history to life for visitors to Kenwood House. We need your help to support and lead activity sessions for children, young families and school groups.

Are you interested in gaining some new skills and meeting new people in one of London’s hidden gems’ Kenwood House is set on the edge of Hampstead Heath and surrounded by tranquil landscaped gardens. The House enjoys breath-taking interiors, a stunning art collection and period gardens which are free to the public to enjoy.

English Heritage cares for and presents England’s finest historic sites and artefacts for the enjoyment, appreciation and inspiration of future generations. With over 400 sites in our care, from world famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles, from Roman forts on the edges of empire to Cold war bunkers; through these we bring the story of England to life for over 10 million visitors each year.

Role Aim: 

We are looking for friendly and enthusiastic people to help our visitors to understand and enjoy their visit to Kenwood House.


Volunteers help to set-up and deliver Kenwood’s programme of learning events and activity sessions for under 5s, families and school groups. There are a variety of events you can choose to get involved in including:

* Craft making in our monthly Family First events and craft activities during school holidays.

* Singing and rhyme/story time and interactive play in our term time Under 5s session.

* Live interpretation of Kenwood House and its collection.

* Butter churning demonstrations.

* Interactive Discovery Visits for school groups.

Skills needed: 

We need people who:

* Enjoy working with children and families.

* Can work well in a team.

* Can adapt their communication style to their audience.

* Wish to inspire and engage young people.

* Have an imaginative, approachable and friendly way of interacting with visitors.

* Are self-motivated and pro-active.

* Are prepared to attend training or shadowing sessions as required


Specific role training would include:

* Kenwood history and stories with a family focus

* Specific training on delivering family activities such as Under 5s, craft workshops and live interpretation

* Child protection

* House and estate security as appropriate

* Health and safety

* Visitor engagement

Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, NW3 7BR
Time commitment: 
1-5 hours per week
Opening times: 
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