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.

As well as helping in the house, volunteers enjoy a varied programme of activities, including outings, walks, meals and lectures. 

The most important part of volunteering in the house is room guiding. Knole is a house of such an age and complexity that our visitors often appreciate more information to help them understand what they are seeing.

Room guides are on-hand to give our visitors a friendly welcome and to chat with people about what they can see. You will receive training on how best to share Knole’s fascinating stories and how to tap in to our visitors’ varied interests.

Room guides also have an important security role, helping visitors to leave in the event of a fire alarm and watching out for any damage that the public might cause to the house or the collections.

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

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