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National Army Museum

The National Army Museum is a leading authority on the British Army and its impact on society past and present. We examine the Army’s role from the British Civil Wars to the modern day. Through our collections we preserve and share stories of ordinary people with extraordinary responsibilities. We explore the role of the Army and its relevance today.

We aim to be a first class museum that moves, inspires, challenges, educates and entertains.

Application deadline: 
Friday, 30 August 2019

Want to gain practical knowledge of collections management within a UK national museum? As a Collections Development and Review volunteer, you’ll get to work on a collection with historic national importance and offer lots of support within your role.

Role Aim: 

To offer volunteers a unique opportunity to play a key role, while gaining experience working with a national collection of historic importance.


Supporting the Museum’s collections development and review projects through:

• Researching objects within the Uniforms, Badges and Medals collection.

• Writing captions for the Museum’s Online Collection

Identifying objects of interest within the Uniforms, Badges and Medals collection which require photography and would add to the Museum’s online offer.

Skills needed: 

• A good standard of English literacy and numeracy

• General ICT skills (word processing, spreadsheets and databases)

• Proven research skills

• An interest in British Military history

• Proven communication skills

• Good attention to detail

• Willingness to learn and work as part of a team

• A flexible approach


Full in-house training will be provided that is specific to the role, which will include object handling; site induction; Health and Safety; Equality & Diversity; and specific computer applications as required.

Volunteers’ Handbook and regular feedback meetings with designated supervisor.

Royal Hospital Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4HT
Time commitment: 
At least one day per week
Opening times: 
One day per week, preferred hours would be Mondays, from 10:00 to 16:00 but negotiable.

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