Volunteering opportunities

Our volunteer programme is temporarily suspended and we are currently unable to accept volunteer applications. The museum is closed in line with England lockdown restrictions and we also have a planned three week closure over the Christmas period.

We look forward to welcoming new volunteers in 2021.

Please see below examples of the roles usually on offer.

For volunteer enquiries please email Holly  hollyh@florence-nightingale.co.uk

Museum Volunteer

1 shift (3 hours) per week

We are looking for volunteers to help bring our collection to life and tell the story of Florence Nightingale. The Museum is currently running reduced hours for timed visits 4 days a week Thursday to Sunday 10:15-16:30. Volunteers will support staff to play a vital role in the running of the museum when it is open. They will help to engage diverse audiences and provide our visitors with an excellent visitor experience. We do not yet know when we will be able to welcome schools back to the museum and we are currently unable to run guided tours. There will be opportunities to volunteer on days the museum is closed and to volunteer remotely. Volunteering will require a degree of flexibility as we adapt.

Main Activities:

  • Meet and greet visitors
  • Provide information and assistance to visitors in the galleries
  • Facilitate object show and tell sessions with visitors
  • Help the museum gain an insight of its audience by encouraging visitors to take part in visitor surveys and recording visitor engagement data
  • Support the learning team with the preparation and facilitation of holiday activities for families
  • Carrying out other visitor engagement activities as required on the day (training or briefing will be provided where necessary)
  • Contributing to the upkeep and visual appearance of the museum by keeping it clean and tidy for our visitors

For the full role description, click here

Youth Engagement Volunteer

1-2 4-times per month, preferably on weekends (min 3 months)

We are recruiting youth engagement volunteers as part of an international research project working with young people. Applications are invited from anyone aged 14-19 who has an interest in history, museums and heritage and/or supporting the Lambeth and Southwark communities and would like to gain skills in visitor engagement and museum education work.

This programme will be a mixture of time spent in the museum and volunteering from home. We will be looking at how we can engage audiences online in particular young people. Some of the things we will be working on are; Twitter takeovers, video talks and blog posts. We will also explore opportunities to learn new skills and create exciting content.

Main Activities:

• Co-create and deliver talks and tours in the museum and online
• Run object-handling stations for visitors
• Organise and run events for other young people in the museum and online
• Help with social media, marketing and promoting the museum to young people
• Share ideas and discuss current issues
• Learn about working in a museum
• Gain CV- boosting experience and new practical skills
• Learn about Florence Nightingale, her legacy and the history of nursing

For the full role description, click here