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Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea: Leighton House Museum & 18 Stafford Terrace

Two local government run museums, the purpose of which is to open up and care for the historic houses as part of the history of both the local community and the nation. Leighton House Museum is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896). The only purpose-built studio-house open to the public in the United Kingdom, it is one of the most remarkable buildings of the nineteenth century, containing a fascinating collection of paintings and sculpture by Leighton and his contemporaries. The house is open to the public every day except Tuesdays.

18 Stafford Terrace was the home of cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne. The house gives an insight into the personal lives of the Sambourne family, and also provides a rare example of what was known as an ‘Aesthetic interior’ or ‘House Beautiful’ style. The Aesthetic Movement of the late nineteenth century advocated the use of foreign or ‘exotic’ influences in the decoration of the home. The house is open to the public three days a week.

Both houses have educational activities, such as tours, for both adults and children, event and exhibition space.

Application deadline: 

Come and be a room steward at 18 Stafford Terrace!

If you are interested in learning about Victorian London and how households were run do get in touch.

We are looking for room stewards who would like to be involved in our original Victorian house, the former residence of Punch cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne, his wife, two children and live-in servants.

We are looking for people who can come for an afternoon, 2-5.30pm on either a Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday. Tea and biscuits will be provided and travel expenses will be paid up to £6 per day.

Role Aim: 

The aim of the role is to help visitors have a better experience of the house


Volunteers will be expected to come to the house for an afternoon shift (2-5.30pm), answer any queries from visitors, make sure that visitors do not damage any of the interiors

Skills needed: 

Somebody who is happy to chat to the public and interested in Victorian history


Volunteers will be taken on a tour to learn about the house.

18 Stafford Terrace, London W8 7BH
Time commitment: 
1-3 hours per week
Opening times: 
Volunteers can come on either a Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday to do an afternoon shift 2-5.30pm. Volunteers do not have to come once a week
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