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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Sunday February 11th 2018 ‘Turner in Surrey’ – The Lightbox, Woking
This exhibition explores JMW Turner’s work produced on his various travels, stops and periods of residence on the Thames, the Wey Navigation and in the county of Surrey, prior to the London boundary changes of 1889. Exhibits include Turner’s “View of Richmond Hill and Bridge” and “Thomson’s Aeolian Harp” along with plein air sketches, watercolours and prints, as well as Turner’s travelling watercolour box.
Entry to the exhibition is £4.50 (or you can buy a yearly pass for £7.50). Travel will be by train from Richmond Station, leaving at 10.30am; the Lightbox is a short walk from Woking station. To book, contact email@example.com.
Wednesday 28th March 2018 ‘Turner versus Constable: the Great British Paint Off’ 8pm (drinks from 7.30pm) in the Hyde Room, York House, Richmond Road, TW1 3AA
Nicola Moorby will be examining the different lives of contemporaries JMW Turner and John Constable, looking at their backgrounds, characters, private lives and artistic approaches. She looks at the 19th century Royal Academy and exhibition culture, and explores how works from these two artists have come to represent ideas about British identity.
No booking required. Members £1; guests £6
Monday April 23rd 2018 Celebration Walk 2.00pm Sandycombe Lodge
For our celebration of Turner’s birthday, Catherine Parry-Wingfield will be leading a walk from Sandycombe Lodge, through Marble Hill Park and along both sides of the Thames to Richmond Hill. The walk will cover places and views familiar to Turner, captured in his paintings and sketches. To book, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday June 13th 2018 Annual General Meeting (6pm) in the Hyde Room and Summer Party (6.30pm) in the Terrace Room, York House, Richmond Road, Twickenham, TW1 3AA
The AGM is open to all members. The Summer Party is a ticketed event, at £12 per ticket (or £10 if booked in advance) to include a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink and refreshments. To book, contact email@example.com.
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 (or renew) by filling out this application form and sending to the listed address:
If you have any questions about your membership, please email 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.