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Leighton House and Sambourne House
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 UK, it is one of the most remarkable buildings of the nineteenth…

Leighton House and Sambourne House are two historic houses in Kensington run by the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Both houses have been closed to the public due to the pandemic and ongoing building renovation work and we are now excited to reopen to the public on 15th October 2022. We are looking for Visitor Assistants who will be on hand to provide a warm, friendly welcome to visitors in both houses and answer any questions visitors might have. The role will give you the opportunity to get to know the collections and houses in more depth. It will also be sociable and offer new opportunities for learning and skills development.


Providing a warm, informal and friendly welcome to all visitors

Helping visitors to discover more by answering questions

Helping to protect interiors and collections from damage

Following security procedures to prevent theft or damage

There may be other activities where we could use your help e.g. assisting with workshop set ups, encouraging people to become Friends of the museum.

Who will the volunteers be working with?
Volunteers will be working with other volunteers as well as the Front of House staff.
The Volunteer Coordinator will be your first point of contact.
No particular skills or experience are required and we will provide role related training. This will include a health and safety induction in both Leighton House and Sambourne House plus guided tours of both houses to learn about the collections and interiors.

Time commitment

Volunteering is flexible and you can commit to as much or as little as you like.
The shifts will be either mornings or afternoons 10am-2pm or 2pm-5.30pm in either Leighton House or Sambourne House with breaks.
Leighton House is open everyday except Tuesday (10am-5.30pm)
Sambourne House is open Wednesday - Sunday (10am-5.30pm)

This organisation is one of our community partner organisations.

Like all volunteer recruiters we work with, they have signed up to our service standards, agreeing to abide by our policy on partnership working to keep you safe and supported whilst you volunteer.

You’ll never be out of pocket for volunteering through us – with in-London travel expenses to and from your volunteering guaranteed.

In addition, the team here at Students’ Union UCL Volunteering Service is here to support you throughout your volunteering journey – you can get in touch with us at any time.