Our volunteers make Turner’s House special with their skills, time and love for art, architecture and heritage. Become part of an incredible team delivering an exciting programme of activities and events.
At Turner’s House in Twickenham, volunteers engage in a wide variety of tasks. The four main volunteer roles are:
Be the face of Turner’s House: Steward
Our stewards provide a high quality, friendly and informative engagement for visitors. They deliver our front of house services and make Sandycombe Lodge accessible for as many people as possible. Download our role description: Steward Role Description
Share your enthusiasm: Guide
Our guides provide a high quality, friendly and informative engagement for visitors by giving tours of Turner’s House. Download our role description: Guide Role Description
Inspire the next generation: Learning
Our learning team provide exciting and engaging workshops for both primary and secondary school pupils as well as weekend holiday workshops for families. Download our role description: Learning Role Description
Lend us your green thumb: Gardening
Our garden team maintains the appearance of the garden of Sandycombe Lodge and helps us to make the garden of Sandycombe Lodge accessible for as many people as possible. Download our role description: Gardening Role Description
To apply please send a completed application form to email@example.com or post to:
Michelle Graabek, Activities and Interpretation Officer
Sandycombe Lodge, 40 Sandycoombe Rd
Twickenham TW1 2LR
Turner’s House in Twickenham holds a biannual volunteer taster day where you can come and learn more about volunteering at Turner’s House and meet some of our current volunteers.
The next volunteer taster day is:
TBC Autumn 2017
Download our volunteer policy: Volunteer Policy
We provide 5-day placements for 16-25 year olds. On your placement you will experience the different sides of working in a historic house, including front of house duties, shadowing tours, marketing and social media and helping with our family events and school groups. To express interest please contact Michelle Graabek at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
Please be aware that we need a minimum of a months’ notice in order to organise a placement and we may not be able to accommodate your desired date-range.
If you would like to volunteer with Turner’s House in Twickenham for your Duke of Edinburgh Award, please email email@example.com with the following information:
If you would like to volunteer with Turner’s House in Twickenham for your Arts Award, please look at the Arts Award page under Learning.
Wednesday 25th October 2017 at 8pm (drinks from 7.30pm) in the Hyde Room, York House, Richmond Road, TW1 3AA
Wednesday 6th December 2017 Winter Party (6.30pm) in the Salon, York House, Richmond Road, Twickenham, TW1 3AA
The Winter Party, open to all members, is a ticketed event, at £10 per ticket to include a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink and refreshments.
Join the Friends
The Friends of Turner’s House was set up in 2004 to support Professor Livermore in his aim to preserve the house for the nation, and now supports the aims of the Turner’s House Trust to restore and conserve Sandycombe Lodge.
We arrange talks and visits to inform the Friends both about Turner the artist and about subjects connected with Turner – for example, printmaking; the work involved in designing a Turner exhibition; and the work of artists who were his contemporaries.
If you would like to support our work and participate in our activities, please join the Friends by sending us your contact details at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Friends of Turner’s House organise a programme of events which take place throughout the year, both locally and further afield. We hold talks and arrange visits to galleries to deepen our understanding of Turner, his times and his art, and there are summer and winter parties as social gatherings where Friends can meet.
The Friends have run art competitions for local schools and colleges; last year fashion design, architecture and product designer students from Richmond College worked on a contemporary design task inspired by and for the house – a response to the work of Turner and his era, interpreted in a contemporary context. We will be continuing with this programme for 2017-18.
Recent activities for the Friends have included a talk by Franny Moyle, author of “The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of JMW Turner” and a visit to JMW Turner: Adventures in Colour’ at the Turner Contemporary, Margate.
We also publish newsletters about our activities and Turner related events and exhibitions.