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Volunteer with us at Monk's House

A volunteer room guide talks to a visitor at Greenway in Devon
A volunteer room guide talking to a visitor | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do at Monk’s House. Most of the people you see in the house and garden are volunteers who give their time to support this special place. We're always looking for people to join our friendly and dedicated team, and to help with all aspects of running the property.

Ways to volunteer at Monk’s House

Room guide

Room guides offer a warm welcome to visitors, as well as information on the history of Monk's House, its collection and the Woolfs, who occupied the property from 1919-69.

You don't need to be a Virginia Woolf expert, as full training will be given, but an interest in Virginia and Leonard Woolf is essential, and a passion to tell their story even better.

Garden volunteer

The garden here at Monk's House is a real hidden gem, and a pleasant surprise to many visitors. It was also an important space for the Woolfs, and one of the main reasons they moved to Rodmell. Leonard was very green-fingered and spent a lot of time cultivating the land, while Virginia took much inspiration from the wild country garden that her husband created.

Garden volunteering roles are very popular and we are often at capacity. When roles become available, we advertise them on the National Trust volunteering website.

Other ways to get involved

We are constantly looking at new volunteering roles at Monk's House. Do you have a particular skill we can utilise? As we develop new roles, these will be advertised on the volunteering website.

A group of people gathered together in the grounds at Stowe in Buckinghamshire discussing the tasks that need to be done for the day
Volunteering with the National Trust can bring a range of benefits | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Why volunteer with 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 Monk’s House

We would love to hear from you. Contact us via email at

Why not join your local Sussex supporter group?

Members of National Trust supporter groups in Sussex help to raise funds for places like Monk’s House. They also get together for days out, talks, or to volunteer at their local place. Locally, the Seaforde and District Community Association, the Lewes Centre and the Brighton and Hove Association all support Monk’s House.

Thank you

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

Bureau in the Sitting Room at Monk's House, East Sussex

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Explore the objects and works of art we care for at Monk's House on the National Trust Collections website.

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