Our student volunteers play a crucial role in helping to make the Picture Gallery and Art Collections accessible and enjoyable to a wide variety of visitors.
Volunteers welcome visitors to the Picture Gallery during public opening hours, answer questions about the collections from visitors, record visitor numbers and their feedback, and help with lunchtime talks. They also assist in planning art activities and preparing materials for family open days.
Volunteers tend to do about 2-3 shifts a term and one Saturday/ Sunday a term.
We are now recruiting new volunteers for the academic year of 2019-20.
If you are interested, please send a brief CV (1 page) and a short statement of interest (150 words) to the Assistant Curator by Friday 18 October.
We accept applications from Royal Holloway students of all ages, backgrounds and degree courses. We look for enthusiasm, friendliness, interpersonal skills, professionalism, interest in a future heritage career, and a passion for artworks of all kinds. Previous museums experience is not necessary.
Short Talks Programme
Volunteers are invited to participate in the Short Talks Programme. Volunteers research and deliver 5-10 minute talks on one painting on Wednesdays at 2pm. Participants will:
- Develop research, public speaking and communication skills
- Receive training and development
- Gain further culture & heritage work experience in a gallery of international importance
Occasionally volunteers have the opportunity to undertake special projects with the art collections team, developing family activities, audio and written interpretation. The Assistant Curator circulates information about these among current volunteers and interested parties when they come up.