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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

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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.

Collections Manager

This is a senior voluntary position requiring a commitment to a day a week. Please read the role description (PDF File) Applicants should send a CV to celia@canalmuseum.org.uk and copy in martin@canalmuseum.org.uk Please note that we are not looking for someone who wishes to gain experience prior to moving on in their career. If you are looking for a full-time position and would give this one up if you found one, then this is not for you.

Costumed Interpeter - Victorian Ice Cream Making

We are looking for an additional person to play the role of Mrs Agnes Marshall - Ice Cream Queen to 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. See the Role Description for details.

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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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