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Volunteer opportunities at Lamb House

Two garden volunteers kneeling on the grass at Lamb House, East Sussex, near a circular white wrought-iron bench with the house in the background
Garden volunteers at Lamb House, East Sussex | © National Trust Images/Sam Milling

Volunteering is at the heart of our work at Lamb House and is a vital part of preserving local heritage. There are lots of opportunities both inside and outside for new volunteers to help tell our stories.

Volunteering opportunities

Keeping these special places for ever for everyone relies on a dedicated team of staff and volunteers who have and will continue to bring Lamb House alive.

House Experience volunteer

Share your knowledge of the authors and public figures who have inhabited this Georgian property over the last 300 years. Give everyone a warm welcome, bring stories from Lamb House to life and help people get the best out of their day.

Gardening volunteer

Help with the upkeep, development and protection of our beautiful walled garden. Hone your hands-on skills as part of the team that helps to keep this historic garden looking its best all year round.

Training and engagement

To make sure you feel welcome and confident in your role, we provide a full induction programme and training. Volunteers can enjoy a programme of talks, coffee mornings and the opportunity to help shape the day to day experience of our visitors.

Hear from a volunteer

We asked Jane, a current Lamb House volunteer, to explain what she enjoys about giving her time to the property.

‘It all began with a growing love of Rye. I stumbled upon Lamb House, hidden away on an unassuming cobbled corner, while exploring this delightful town.

‘I fell in love with the house, the beautiful, unexpected gem of a garden, have enjoyed learning more with each season plus finding encouragement to read more of the books by Henry James and E.F. Benson. It feels a privilege to share time here with the many visitors.’

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.

Get in touch about volunteering at Lamb House

We’re currently looking for more volunteers with great people skills to join our friendly team. There are many reasons to volunteer for the National Trust, such as making new friends, gaining new skills and building your CV, as well as working with us to preserve these iconic places for the future.

If you’d like to know more, please email: or call us on 01797 222 909.

Thank you

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

Two people working in colourful flower and vegetable borders in summer


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Supporter groups 

Our supporter groups are a great way of getting involved with your local place. Find out more about how you can join in.

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Frequently asked questions on volunteering 

These frequently asked questions should give you all you need to know about who can volunteer, what it involves and how to apply.

The Rose Garden at Lamb House

The garden at Lamb House 

Discover an evocative garden tucked away behind the walls at Lamb House. It has an intimate, tranquil feel with borders packed full of flowers, a vegetable garden and shady trees.

Flowers growing in the vegetable garden at Lamb House, East Sussex, in beds separated by paths, with the house in the background

Our work in the garden at Lamb House 

Read up on the literary inspiration that guides how we look after the garden of Lamb House in Rye. 

The front of Lamb House, East Sussex

Explore inside Lamb House 

Look behind the Georgian façade and see how this house inspired writers such as Henry James and E.F. Benson. Step inside their favourite writing room or see the bed fit for a king.