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The London Canal Museum is a registered charity and an Accredited Museum run and staffed mainly by volunteers, to professional standards.

We are always looking out for new people with a variety of skills. People with specific skills to offer are espcially welcome. The range of tasks in running a museum is very varied.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact volunteering@canalmuseum.org.uk except where otherwise stated.

Why be a museum volunteer?

Museum volunteers are motivated by a wide range of factors. Here are some of the common ones but it is not an exclusive list!

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We will re-imburse travel expenses and all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses and up to £3 per day for lunch food when a full day is worked. These are reimbursed by cheque, usually once a month, or more often if there are larger sums involved.

More information

Currently we are looking for volunteers to undertake the following roles - click on the role title to find out more

Front-of-House Volunteers (0945-1700 Tuesdays to Sundays, one or two days per fortnight)

Education team Volunteers

Adult Group Customer Services (both administrative and practical)

Towpath and Tunnel Trip Guides

The hand of an unseen volunteer pours from a decorated teapot into cardboard cups

Some Specific Vacancies

In this section we list vacancies for volunteer positions which we are currently seeking to fill. Please remember that all positions are unpaid - do not apply if you are looking for a salary.

Costumed Interpeter - Victorian/Edwardian Ice Cream Making

Two ladies in Edwardian costume demonstrate to three male visitors  with table-top round vesselWe are looking for an additional person to play the role of Ice Cream Maid, assisting Mrs Agnes Marshall - Ice Cream Queen to help demonstrate how to make ice cream using the Victorian method in a replica of Mrs Marshall's patent ice cream churn. Required for occasional weekends, school holiday activity days and outside events, the right volunteer will be given full training and gain fascinating experiences. For reasons of historical authenticity this is a female role. Edwardian costume will be available. For brief details about the real Mrs Marshall see our Mrs Marshall Web Page..

Oral History Team Leader

Grainy black and white image of canal boats with family on board.We are looking for a project leader to co-ordinate our small team of trained and practiced volunteer oral historians. You will have a level of experience in oral history, and most importantly, the ability to lead and encourage other volunteers in this field. We have a number of interviewees waiting to offer their reminiscences and stories of life on the canals, the trades which plied the waterways and the boats, cargoes and characters which are a vanishing part of our heritage. You should have basic computer literacy at least - all our recording work is digital. If you are interested in helping us progress in this fascinating project, please contact celia@canalmuseum.org.uk

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HandyPerson - DIY Jobs

Tools in a yellow boxAre you happiest up a stepladder or handy with a tool box? Could you help us with general maintenance of our 150 year old building? We are looking for someone to help with routine jobs - simple carpentry, decorating, minor plumbing, mending of equipment - to keep our museum in tip-top nick. No specialist knowledge required, just a competence in routine DIY jobs. We have all the tools you'd need, but you might prefer to bring your own. Commitment would vary but on average 1 or 2 days per month. Mondays are the ideal day if you're free (the museum is closed to the public) but evenings from 4.30pm could work too. You'd be working with other Museum staff or sometimes on your own and be happy to work without supervision. Contact Celia Halsey (Volunteering and Training Manager) for a chat over a cup of tea. (celia@canalmuseum.org.uk)

Other things

Our volunteers and trustees are very busy and we can always do with an extra helping hand in the following areas:

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