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Turner House - Volunteer Steward

Details of the Charity:

Turner’s House Trust is committed to extending access to the house and engaging visitors with both the heritage of the site and the story of JMW Turner himself. We aim to illustrate his relationship to the local area which influenced many of his paintings. The House also offers a high quality programme of learning and participation activities for people of all ages.

Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

The purpose of the role:

  • Provide high quality, informative and accessible engagement with primary and/or secondary school pupils and their teachers
  • Supporting the development of visitors' understanding and appreciation of the arts through engagement with Sandycombe Lodge
  • Provide high quality, friendly and accessible engagement with families and with children of all ages
  • Act as an ambassador for Turner's House Trust in local schools

What volunteers would be doing:

  • Answer questions from visitors or direct them to an appropriate source of information
  • Provide assistance to visitors with specific access requirements, if needed
  • To be vigilant at all times, with regard to the safety and security of visitors, colleagues and yourself and to alert staff of any problems quickly and clearly
  • Develop a good understanding of the history of Sandycombe Lodge, JMW Turner and his art
  • Front of house duties, including issuing tickets, feedback forms and selling items from the gift shop
  • Set and unset the house for visitors

Commitment Wed-Sun, a two-hour shift between 12 pm and 4 pm, once a week/fortnight/month


Skills Required:

Skills Required:

  • Interest in art, architecture or heritage
  • Willingness to learn
  • Good communication skills
  • Friendly and proactive personality
  • Reliability
  • Experience of customer service desirable but not required
  • Basic IT skills

Additional Benefits:

  • Become part of a friendly and dedicated team
  • Opportunity to develop new and existing skills
  • Opportunity to meet new people
  • A programme of cultural trips and social events
  • 10% shop discount and free entrance throughout the year
  • Contribute to the valuable work of making Turner's House available to the public and developing interest in heritage in Twickenham
  • Gain experience working in the heritage industry
  • Volunteering Hours to go towards the Brunel Volunteers Award

  • Interested? Apply below:
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  • Name
  • Have you come to study at Brunel from outside the UK
  • If you are an international student which visa do you hold?
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