Short-term volunteering

A volunteer helping to digitise part of the Museum's collection

Volunteer testimony

‘My week of work experience was amazing, and opened my eyes to many possible careers in natural history that I hadn't considered before.’

Katrina, work experience student

If you are short of time but still keen to contribute to the Museum’s work, our new Visiteering scheme might be for you. We also offer placements for school students.

Visiteering

Are you only in London for a short period? Or do you work or study full time but would like to help make a difference to our collections alongside our experts? Our one-day Visiteering opportunities will give you a genuine collections-based experience and support the Museum's work.

You will be set a challenge relating to the collections. The task will be easily understood and no experience is necessary, but the value of your contribution will be priceless. To take part you need to be aged 16 or over and available on a set date. 

Find out more, including the next available dates, and sign up via our expression of interest form.

Opportunities for companies

Interested in corporate group volunteering? Contact our Development team.

Work experience

Are you in Year 10 and aged up to 18 years old? Do you want to pursue a career in science, history or museum work?

Spend one or two weeks away from the classroom learning about a specific job or area of museum work. You could help re-box and photograph a collection, make unit trays for specimens, re-pin insects, or repair and conserve gallery displays.

Work experience placements are typically offered during holiday periods only. We regret that placements are limited and heavily oversubscribed and we cannot involve all students who meet our criteria.

  • February half-term placements are advertised in November.
  • Easter holiday placements are advertised in February.
  • Summer half-term placements are advertised in March/April.
  • Summer holiday placements are advertised in April/May.
  • October half-term placements are advertised in August.
  • Christmas and New Year holiday placements are advertised in November.