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Volunteering opportunities at Sutton House and Breaker's Yard

A volunteer removes dust from the panelling in the Linenfold Parlour at Sutton House using a hogs' hair brush and vacuum.
Conservation dusting in the Linenfold Parlour | © National Trust Images/Lydia Evans

Would you like to join the team at Sutton House, the oldest home in Hackney? Get in touch about joining our fantastic team of volunteers – there are lots of opportunities and a variety of roles available to fit your interests, skills and availability.

Become part of a great team

Sutton House and Breaker’s Yard is an interesting and diverse place to work, and volunteers play a hugely important role in helping to keep it open to visitors.

Volunteers help with a range of activities from front-of-house and delivering tours to gardening, collections care and conservation.

We are proud to be a part of the diverse community of Hackney, working with community groups, schools and local families. We deliver a versatile programme and our volunteers are at the heart of everything we do.

Why join us?

There are lots of reasons to join us; making the move to volunteer could be the best decision you ever make.

  • Become part of a friendly and dedicated team
  • Meet people from all walks of life and forge new friendships
  • Utilise your existing skills and learn new ones
  • Strengthen your CV and help to develop your career
  • Enjoy the great outdoors
  • Learn about the history of this special place.

Sutton House Music Society

Sutton House Music Society was formed as a direct result of the Save Sutton House Campaign, which ran in the late 1980s and early 1990s and campaigned for Sutton House to be open to the community.

It is a charity dedicated to bringing classical music to Homerton and Stoke Newington and has hosted music concerts at Sutton House for the last 30 years. The Society's musicians include first-class established international artists as well as rising young stars, playing a variety of classical music.

Find out how to support the society on its website.

Get in touch about volunteering, work experience and internship opportunities

Volunteering can be an extremely rewarding experience. If you have questions about how you can get involved or what it entails, please contact the team on 020 8986 2264 or email

Thank you

Thank you to all our volunteers who give their time to support the National Trust in many different roles.

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