NADFAS Heritage Volunteers are teams of committed non-specialist volunteers who work under the guidance of curators and other professionals to help conserve our heritage.

NADFAS Heritage Volunteers undertake projects for museums, National Trust properties, historic houses, libraries and gardens. They give their time to care for collections, record documents and act as guides and stewards.

Current projects include:

  • On-site conservation of books, manuscripts, archives and maps
  • Cataloguing documents and archival listing
  • Conservation of arms and armour, medals and military silver
  • Preventative conservation of textiles, replica work and creation of period costumes
  • Guiding and stewarding in museums, historic houses and gardens

If you would like to know more about Heritage Volunteering, please contact Heather Montford tel. 020 8948 0907 or

Current Volunteering opportunities are as follows:

Benjamin Franklin House, 36 Craven Street WC2N 5NF
Front of House Volunteers required at this Grade 1 historic house – from running the Box Office to leading tours of the house for visitors. One day per week. Roles especially suited to those with strong interest in the public side of museums/heritage work. Contact Stephen Wilson tel. 020 7839 2013

Bishopsgate Institute and Library. Bishopsgate, City of London EC2M 4QH
There are 2 groups working on Newspaper archives, sorting, repairing newspaper cuttings, mounting on cards and repairing pamphlets. They meet on the first Tuesday and Thursday of each month from 10.30am to 3.30pm with an hour for lunch (1.00 – 2.00pm)  Vacancies are expected shortly. Contact Jenny Callin tel. 020 7392 9200

Central St. Martin’s School of Art, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AA
Volunteers needed to research and catalogue fabrics, tins and wallpaper. Once a week on Tuesdays from 10.00 – 12.45  Small friendly group. Contact Anna Buruma on

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1 4 RL
Conway Hall’s library houses the Ethical Society’s collection of Humanist research material.  The work involves noting the condition of books, their cleaning and conservation. Book Conservation Training is needed. Contact Rica Hene (NADFAS Book Conservationist) tel. 07870 657811

Dickens Museum, 48 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2IX
The main need is for room stewards/guides to look after visitors to Dickens London home. General stewarding plus some conservation roles will be needed in the future. Contact Emma King tel. 020 7405 2127

Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ
This museum tells the story of Britain’s first home for abandoned children. There are some vacancies for volunteers interested in either gallery stewarding or reception work.  The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm and on a Sunday from 11.00am to 5.00pm but volunteer hours are flexible ie to suit you.  Contact Nick Castell tel.  020 7841 3611

Household Cavalry Museum, Horse Guards, Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX
This museum is located in a historic building adjoining the stables of the horse guards.  Volunteers wanted mainly for room stewardship.  Flexible arrangements for the rota.  Contact Doreen Hewitt  tel. 020 7930 3070

Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey.
VADs project. Transcribe and proof read British Red Cross index cards relating to Voluntary Aid Detatchment workers (including many nurses) in World War 1.  The aim is to create a publically accessible online database. Volunteers need basic computer skills and can work online at home (very flexible). Alternatively they can go into the University and help with the weekly proof reading sessions there.  Contact Helen Goepel (Project Manager) at

Lancelot Capability Brown – work at home
2016 is the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot Capability Brown ( usually just called  Capability Brown). There will be a Capability Brown Festival and we have been asked to provide researchers.  The job involves searching on-line for old maps of CB sites – they are all over the country.  Training will be given but this is a job which can be done at home with a computer in your own time but please keep a note of the hours that you do!  Contact Judith Al-Seffar (NADFAS Parks and Gardens) at

The National Archives, Kew, Richmond Surrey TW9 4DU
The National archives accept volunteers for specified jobs.  If you register as a volunteer your name will be kept on their mailing list, and you will receive all details of vacancies.  Contact the Collection Care Department at

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
This museum has a strict policy of recruiting all its volunteers through its website where all current volunteering opportunities are advertised.  They have a lot of volunteers and the recruitment process is competitive. Currently they are looking for front of house stewards to look after visitors.  The hours are fixed 9.30am to 5.15pm with 3 breaks during the day.   Contact Helen Webb tel. 020 8312 6543

National Portrait Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2H 0HE
Working in the library on book conservation. Working on a Monday every other week.  Contact Rica Hene (NADFAS Book Conservationist) tel. 07870 657811

Old Royal Naval College, 2 Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich London SE10 9LW
The ORNC comprises Discover Greenwich (a small museum), Chapel and Painted Hall. They need volunteers to assist their Visitor Experience Team in providing a warm welcome and an informative visit.  Volunteers will carry out research, run object handling lessons, assist the Learning and Interpreting team in delivering learning programmes for adults and young learners. They will also provide behind the scenes office support and work on projects with the Marketing and Events Team. ORNC provides training for volunteers.  Hours are flexible, but volunteers must commit to 3.5 hours per week or 1 day a fortnight for a period of 3 months – this is on a rolling basis.  Contact Ann Burton tel. 020 8269 4794 or email

Sidney Sime Gallery
Sidney Sime was a successful painter, illustrator and set designer working in the late 1880’s. Guildford Evening DFAS are doing a project on Sidney Sime and have approached us for help with research into Simes’s work with West End Theatre in the early 20th century.  He was a set designer for Maeterlinck’s play – the Bluebird among other work.  He also sketched many leading actors in costume for various London publications.  Please contact Cherry-Anne Russell by email

Sir John Soane Museum, 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3BP
This compact and fascinating museum which was left to the nation by Sir John Soane (1753 – 1837) requires room guides and stewards to work alongside experienced members of the museum staff assisting them with visitors. The rooms are filled with furniture, paintings, fragile models under glass domes, ceramics and other works of art, as a guide, you will help to bring the rooms alive for the visitors.  Training will be given. The museum is open all year round from Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00am to 5.00pm.Schedule is very flexible, but please note the visitor route is narrow and there are stairs.  Please contact Dr. Michele Mowatt by email

University College London. UCL Library Services Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
Four more volunteers are required to assist book preservation in the library and the archives. Monday to Friday, mornings and/or afternoons.  Contact Fred Bearman at

Wallace Collection, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN
‘Out of the Frame’ Pilot Project in conjunction with the Wallace Collection. Boxes, made up by the Wallace Collection containing pictures and objects are deposited in Care Homes, then NADFAS Volunteers visit the Homes to discuss contents of boxes.  The next Training will  start on 9th June  2015 at the Wallace Collection.  Contact Edwina Mileham tel. 020 7563 9577 or

Westminster City Library Archives Centre, 10 St. Ann’s Street, London SW1P 2DE
Volunteers required to join other NADFAS volunteers caring for books and paper repair. Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. Flexible.  Contact Meagen Smith tel. 020 7641 5162  or