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Oaklands School

Oaklands School

At Oaklands School, we passionately believe that students should be exposed to a wide range of cultural opportunities. Living in Tower Hamlets, one of the most deprived boroughs in the country, many of our students lack the cultural capital of other young people. Many of our students have not been to many museums and therefore part of our enrichment program involves taking them to museums and showing them how to engage with the exhibits.

Could you inspire a love of museums in our students’ Would you be happy to share your thoughts and ideas as you walk around the British Museum with them? If so, then please get in touch! We would love to hear from you. No prior knowledge required, just a willingness to discuss things with the students.

Role Aim: 

To help our students to understand the beauty and intrigue of museums and to help increase their cultural capital.


We have found that many of our students are overwhelmed by places such as the British museum and when we take them, they simply wonder around aimlessly. We would like University students to act as “tour guides” for 3 – 8 students each, talking to them about what they see, what they find interesting and how the exhibits inspire them. You could volunteer for 1, 2 or 3 sessions as we will bring different students on different dates.

Skills needed: 

Good communication skills


There will be a very short briefing before you meet the students where we will go through safe guarding procedures.

British Museum
Time commitment: 
1-3 hours per week
Opening times: 
21st March, the 2nd May and the 20th June. Meet at the museum 2:00 pm for a quick briefing with school staff. Then spend an hour in the museum with the students.
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