Volunteer at London Canal Museum

Volunteering Opportunities


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.

You can download a role description here. If you are interested in volunteering at the museum, please contact the Volunteering Manager at volunteering@canalmuseum.org.uk!

Why be a museum volunteer?

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


We will re-imburse travel expenses and all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses and up to £3.50 per day for lunch food when a full day is worked. These are reimbursed by bank transfer, 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

Towpath and Tunnel Trip Guides

The hand of an unseen volunteer pours from a decorated teapot into cardboard cupsMan in blue shirt serving two young men at shop counter

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 assist and deputise for Mrs Agnes Marshall - Ice Cream Queen who demonstrates to visitors how to make ice cream using the Victorian method in a replica of Mrs Marshall's patent ice cream churn. The right volunteer will be given full training and gain fascinating experiences. There will be the option to do demonstrations in costume. This is open to male or female volunteers. If demonstrations are performed by a man in Victorian costume we will invent a suitably authentic role. There are no fixed times but we offer these demonstrations to groups who tend to visit more midweek than at weekends. For brief details about the real Mrs Marshall see our Mrs Marshall Web Page..

Oral History Team Leader

The museum already has a significant collection of oral history recordings and we would like to recruit a new OH team leader to help us collect more. The role involves recruiting from amongst our existing volunteers and externally, leading the team, who will carry out research to identify suitable interviewees, conduct interviews, and prepare transcripts. Disclosure and Barring checks will be needed where interviews are carried out in interviewees' own homes. an interest in oral history is essential, and experience is desirable, but we will consider sponsoring formal training for an inexperienced but enthusiastic volunteer. Some basic technical skills are needed for the operation of digital recorders and backing up recordings to a computer network.

Collections Manager

More details on this will be added shortly but we are looking for a volunteer to carry out an important role as Collections Manager, looking after the physical artifact collection to the highest standards. This role will demand at least half a day a week and a long-term commitment

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Trustee recruitment

We are looking for two or three new trustees and would welcome particular skills, including but not limited to the following. Applicants with knowledge or experience in one or more these areas are particularly welcome:

The most important thing is to have a skillset appropriate to the management of a self-supporting visitor attraction that depends on income earned. The museum is a charity but must be managed as a business as we receive no subsidy. An interest in canals/waterways and/or London industrial history is very welcome but by no means essential.

What are we looking for:

See trustee role description (PDF format file)for more details, and how to apply.

Other things

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