In the school holidays we offer a variety of activities for children other than what we advertise. We take activities out of Knole and into the Sevenoaks housing estates. And sometimes we also welcome groups of children from South London to explore the deer park. Could you help lead these activities or show us how to bring them to more people? We do this several times a year. Email us to find out more.
Short one-off projects
Can you help us with one of our short-term, one-off projects? We need volunteers to help us arrange for underprivileged children to visit Knole. And we're looking for helpers to lead summer activities, too.
For more information, email our volunteering team or call us on 01732 462100.
Help schoolchildren to visit
Every year there are one or two schools that book a visit to Knole but have to cancel because of the cost of the coach. A local company has offered to sponsor one such school a year to pay for its coach. Do you have the legal knowledge to help us draw up a simple sponsorship agreement with them?
Email us for more information
There's more to being a Knole showroom volunteer than meets the eye. As well as meeting and helping visitors, our volunteers enjoy a lively social scene, with study hours on a variety of topics, winter lectures, outings and meals on a regular basis.
Do email our volunteering team or call 01732 467162
Garden guides spend all or part of their Tuesdays enjoying the company of a small group, helping visitors to find their way around the garden and what there is to see within the walls. This is quite a different experience to volunteering in the house.
Do email our volunteering team or call 01732 462100.
Park walk leader
We try to offer a park walk on most days of the week – could you help us do that? With 1,000 acres to explore, you can make each walk your own, inviting even local visitors to discover parts of the park they have never seen before.
Every so often we put on educational events for children, families or adults. Sometimes we go out into the local area, so this is especially suitable if you come from Sevenoaks or nearby. We welcome your ideas for who to visit and what to offer.
Oral history unfolds...
Since 2011, we've been collecting and recording people's memories of visiting, living and working at Knole. We have been delighted with the wide-ranging connections, often stretching beyond Sevenoaks, Kent.
from former Knole staff...
Craftsmen like our former works foreman, Fred Piercy, had many stories to tell his children and grandchildren. Their reminiscences are now in our oral history archive.
Do you too have a story about Knole, to share?
to dedicated volunteers
The tireless team of volunteer seamstresses who helped restore our King's Room soft furnishings have happy memories of their years of working to restore the priceless cloth of gold textiles.
If you are interested in helping in our oral history project, email or call us at 01732 462100.
Do you have a passion for the past and enjoy working as a team? We have a unique opportunity for volunteers who want to help us deliver Knole’s archaeology events to the public. Successful applicants will take part in a 5 day 'Knole Archaeology Unwrapped' training programme from 15-19 June. Applications close on 28 May.