Join us as a room guide

A volunteer shares her knowledge in the showrooms at Knole

There is more to volunteering at Knole than meets the eye. This may be one of England's largest historic homes, with a furniture collection that puts others firmly in the shade, but there are many other reasons to join us.

Are you warm and friendly and do you enjoy chatting to people? Then the showrooms at Knole could be the place for you. Knole is a house of such age and complexity that our visitors often appreciate more information to help them understand what they are seeing, so our showroom volunteer team are an essential part of the visitor journey, always on hand to engage them with a welcoming smile.

You don't have to be steeped in Knole's history to become a showroom guide, as training is given on how best to share its fascinating stories and how to tap in to our visitors’ varied interests.

But that's not all. As well as other opportunities in the garden, the park and with holiday activities, you could find yourself taking part in something a little bit different either on a one-off basis or with something ongoing.

Recent examples include:

  • Being an extra in films that are shot at Knole
  • Helping with our oral history project
  • Assisting visitors with a visual impairment to get the most from their visit
  • Helping with our ongoing conservation work

Volunteering at Knole is a rich experience and we are constantly looking for ways for our team to get the most out of their training. As well as helping in the house, volunteers enjoy a varied programme of activities, including outings, walks, meals and lectures.

For more information, email our volunteering team or call us on 01732 467159.