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

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 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 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..

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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: