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.
Be part of the incredible team that brings J.M.W. Turner’s house and garden to life. Engage with art and local history, experience working at a heritage property, be part of a friendly team and gain new skills.
At Turner’s House in Twickenham, volunteers engage in a wide variety of tasks. We are currently recruiting for:
Be the face of Turner’s House: Weekend Volunteer Assistant
We are looking for someone who can help us keep our museum running efficiently one weekend a month from 11.30 to 4.30 each day.
This role will require management of the ticketing system and the shop, including cash-handling, ticket reporting and reconciliation and float management.
You will gain experience in front of house management, museum operations and visitor engagement.
You will be responsible for reporting any issues upwards, as well as the welfare and pastoral care of the volunteer teams as required. This role will be managed by our LVO.
To apply, please send the below application form and CV to Rita Piglionica email@example.com by Thursday 19th May 2022.
Download our role description: Weekend Volunteer
Share your enthusiasm: Marketing Volunteer
Our marketing team support and deliver our social media strategy and help us share news, events, and information with the wide community. Download our role description: Volunteer Marketing Assistant
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: Volunteer Learning Facilitator Role
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: Volunteer Gardener Role
To apply please send a completed application form to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to:
Volunteer Team, Turner’s House
Sandycombe Lodge, 40 Sandycoombe Rd
Twickenham TW1 2LR
Download our volunteer policy: THT Volunteers Policy June 2020
Turner’s House offers 5-day work experience (Tues-Fri) for students at the end of Year 11-13 who have an interest in history, art and heritage and who aspire to pursue careers in this area. Work placement students will learn about the day-to-day running of an historic house, as well as the behind-the-scenes work that takes place in planning our public programme and caring for the house and the collection. If you are interested in a work placement at Turner’s House, please fill in an Application Form and send it to email@example.com
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.
Duke of Edinburgh Award
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:
Reports to: Museum Director
Address: Turner’s House, Sandycombe Lodge, 40 Sandycoombe Road, TW1 2LR
Contract: ~ 4 days a month (flexible working from home with opportunities to visit Turner’s House) on a 6 – 12 month contract
Rate of pay: ~£200 per day (depending on experience)
Starting Date: 1 July 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter
For expressions of interest/ initial discussion feel free to contact Romy Murray Trustee on email@example.com. To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com including your reasons for applying and how you meet the role specifications. Interviews will be by Zoom.
The closing date for applications is 3pm Friday 17th June 2022.
About Turner’s House
Sandycombe Lodge (Turner’s House) is the only house to be designed and lived in by the great landscape artist J.M.W. Turner. Turner’s House Trust presents Turner’s architectural design – arguably his greatest 3d art work- for the public to enjoy, to promote the work of Turner and to advance education in the arts. The Grade II* listed site opened to the public after extensive restoration in 2017 and the house and garden are typically open to the public 5 days per week between February and October. Guided tours are led by knowledgeable volunteers and received consistently high visitor feedback.
Turner’s House has an active Learning Programme including working with local schools and groups accessing our Wellbeing programme as well as an Artist in Residence placement. Our Wellbeing activities are run in partnership with Richmond MIND and Age UK and centre around Turner, heritage, and local history, as well as art and gardening wellbeing activities. Participant feedback is very good. Turner’s House holds annual exhibitions showing works loaned from national institutions and delivers events, workshops and lectures.
Overall purpose of this role
To build and sustain strong partnerships with charitable trusts, foundations, and other grant makers and to support other key fundraising initiatives.
Principal duties and responsibilities:
Turner’s House is an equal opportunities employer. Applications are welcome
Summary of Role
Turner’s House Trust are seeking proposals from freelance curators for the annual exhibition at Turner’s House, for a duration of approximately 3-4 months.
The curator will decide on the theme of the exhibition in consultation with the Director and Board of Trustees, draw up a list of loans and submit loan requests, prepare interpretation, and deliver up to three talks as part of the programme.
The exhibition takes place in one of the rooms at Turner’s House, and subjects should relate in some way to the period between 1813 and 1826 when Turner lived at the house.
Exhibitions typically comprise around five to ten loans (usually paintings or works on paper), and themes must appeal to a broad audience. The timescale for the project is from approximately March 2023 to the conclusion of the exhibition in September 2023.
The fee for the project is £1,000; unfortunately, we are not able to pay additional travel expenses.
Applications are welcomed from experienced curators and emerging scholars.
This person will:
We are looking for:
Turner’s House Trust would like to thank all the volunteers who have given their time and skills so generously over many years to help us reach the magnificent conclusion of our project to conserve J.M.W. Turner’s house in Twickenham. This very long list includes trustees, Friends of Turner’s House committee, guides, gardeners, stewards and many others. It is a great achievement, and couldn’t have been reached without all your help.