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. 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: Volunteer Steward Role
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: Volunteer Tour Guide Role
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 4-day work placements (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:
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.
DIRECTOR, TURNER’S HOUSE TRUST
This role is an opportunity to lead Turner’s House Trust at an exciting time and make a real difference as the organisation looks to the longer-term after its acclaimed opening in July 2017.
We are looking for a heritage professional to be our Director and lead on strategy and planning in addition to the day-to-day operation and facilities management of the house and its garden. The Director will lead and manage a small team, including the Learning & Volunteers Officer and the volunteers who support as stewards, guides, gardeners and in many other roles, to ensure a high standard of customer service and visitor experience. This role will also involve maximising our income potential through private/corporate hires of the house, fundraising activities, partnerships, PR and marketing opportunities, all of which contribute to the sustainable future of the Turner’s House Trust. The Director will also serve on the Board of Trustees.
Turner’s House is open to the public 5 days a week, Weds-Sun, 10am-4pm, with an annual closure period in November and December. The House is also open for educational visits, and private events up to 10pm for a limited number of days each year. The post holder will work on a rota with the Learning & Volunteers Officer to ensure the house is staffed during the opening period. The post holder is entitled to 25 days of paid annual leave.
For a full job description and person specification please see the attached PDF: Director Job Description.
In order to apply, please send a CV and covering letter, addressing your reasons for applying and the ways in which you meet the job description and person specification to Michael Deriaz, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, email@example.com.
Closing date 15 September 2021, provisional interview date 23 September 2021.
Turner’s House is an equal opportunities employer. Applications are welcome from all. Job shares will be considered for this post.
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.