Work in our houses

A house volunteer displays objects on show in our Victorian Kitchen © National Trust

A house volunteer displays objects on show in our Victorian Kitchen

Volunteering in one of our houses allows you indulge your passion for heritage and provide you with ‘behind-the-scenes’ access to some of our country’s most beautiful places. We provide the training; you just need to have the passion and enthusiasm to share your interests with others.

You’ll play a key role in engaging visitors with the stories of our places and really contributing to their visit. With roles ranging from room guides, costumed interpreters and conservation assistants to storytellers, there are a variety of different opportunities available to match your skills and interests.

Our room guides are there to be a friendly face to bring our places to life, welcoming visitors and answering their questions. There are also opportunities to fully immerse yourself in the history of the property by becoming a costumed interpreter. Ranging from Georgian and Victorian costumes to housemaids and naval officers, being a costumed interpreter is a really fun way to bring the story of the property alive.

If you have a creative imagination our storytelling roles are a great way to involve and inspire visitors of all ages.  And as well as the front-of-house roles, in the winter in particular there are some amazing opportunities to be directly involved with the conservation of the properties and their collections. 

'When you talk to visitors and they say to you 'you've made my day' – how amazing is that?  Enabling visitors to be stimulated and appreciate the past as well as the present is a major reward'
Pam, a volunteer at Polesden Lacey, Surrey