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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.
TRUSTEES FOR TURNER’S HOUSE TRUST
We are looking for two or three additional trustees to join the Board of Turner’s House Trust.
Turner’s House Trust is the registered charity responsible for Sandycombe Lodge, the house which J M W Turner designed and built in Twickenham, and in which he lived with his father. Following an extensive conservation and restoration project, the House opened to the public for the first time in 2017, its garden opened in 2018, and it is now one of the leading small cultural attractions in South West London.
As a pdf please click here: THT Trustee
Principal responsibilities of the Trustees
What difference will you make?
Since opening to the public in August 2017, Turner’s House has already attracted over 13,000 paying visitors, and has run an ambitious programme of activities and events to reach out to local schools and the wider community. We are looking for Trustees who can secure the future of the House by helping us to make it a long-term success. This will involve advising and contributing on matters including volunteer engagement, fundraising, marketing and the role of the House in the community.
What are we looking for?
What’s in it for you?
Turner’s House is a small gem which occupies a distinctive place on London’s cultural map. The role of Trustee offers the opportunity to play a leading role in enhancing the life of the local community and to celebrate the outstanding artistic achievement of J M W Turner. In return for your commitment, you can be assured of a personal sense of satisfaction and of the support and encouragement of the eight existing members of the Board of Trustees, the professional staff of the House and the enthusiastic volunteer team, who will all be excited to welcome you. We will provide a tailored induction.
The Board meets six times a year. Some trustees also have regular meetings with the full-time House Director or with other Board Members to discuss specific topics and may represent the charity at various public events and meetings, and in the media. Board members serve a three-year term and are eligible for re-appointment for one additional term. Trustees are not remunerated and the commitment is estimated to take up around two to three days a month. In the Board’s view the Trustee roles are best suited to individuals living within an hour’s travelling time of Twickenham.
To apply, or for more information, please contact the Vice-Chair, Michael Deriaz: firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date 30th November 2020.
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.