A Learning Volunteer sharing a specimen with the public

Get involved in a range of exciting opportunities as a volunteer. Volunteers are vital in supporting the Museum’s work.

More than 500 people donate their time to engage visitors in our galleries and support our scientists and collections behind the scenes.

Our volunteering, internship and work experience programmes are designed to inspire and benefit those taking part as much as they support the Museum. All opportunities have flexible commitment requirements and aim to provide a rewarding and enriching experience for all.

Behind the Seen

Develop your passion for the history of the natural world by volunteering behind the scenes in our science departments.

Learning Volunteers

Share the wonder of the natural world with visitors, using real specimens in the Museum’s galleries.

V Factor

Assist our scientists in the Specimen Preparation Area with real collections-based work.


Develop your skills through a career-focused placement in our media, marketing or archive departments.

Work experience

Gain valuable insight into working in a museum environment. For Year 10 students up to 18 year olds.

How your support helps

‘The Museum offers a unique opportunity for volunteers to make a lasting contribution to the work of a national scientific institution. We have a rich history of engaging volunteers in our research and collections that dates back to our early history.’

Professor Ian Owens, Director of Science

Newsletter archive

Read some of our volunteer success stories and hear about key events in the volunteer calendar in our newsletters.