Perpetuating the memory of one of the greatest men of the Victorian age



As we are currently closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are not currently taking on new volunteers. However, we would still love to hear from you if you are interested in volunteering with us, so do contact us using the link below and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Do you have a couple of hours to spare? If you have an interest in heritage, craft or design, or just want to meet new friends or learn new skills, we’d love to hear from you!

Our museum hosts exhibitions, talks, and workshops, as well as guided tours and school groups, which is all made possible thanks to our fantastic William Morris Society volunteers.

We are currently looking for volunteers to join our friendly team in these areas:

  • Stewarding
  • Retail
  • Learning and outreach
  • Activities and events
  • Tour guiding
  • Collections documentation
  • Collections research and exhibition development
  • Digital support
  • Property management and maintenance

Scroll down to read more information about each role, and click on the links below to read our Volunteering Policy and Volunteer Charter.

WMS Volunteering Policy Jan 18

WMS Volunteer Charter January 2018

If you are interested in any of these volunteering opportunities then we would love to hear from you – please contact us by clicking here.


Volunteer roles:

Stewarding: This public facing role involves welcoming visitors to the William Morris Society, supervising temporary exhibitions and enhancing visitors’ experience at the Society’s museum.  It would suit anyone who enjoys working with people and is eager to share their enthusiasm for Morris.

Retail: Duties include serving customers and managing stock in our gift shop during public opening hours and at special events. This role would suit someone with existing retail experience or who would like to gain experience of working in a retail environment at a historic property.

Learning and outreach: The aim of this role is to assist Society staff in planning and delivering sessions for school groups and family learning workshops at Kelmscott House and outreach sessions at other sites. This would suit someone who would like to share their passion for art, design and history and who has experience of working with schools or young people.

Activities and events: Responsibilities include setting up before and clearing up after events, helping with ticket sales and with refreshments during events.

Tour Guides: Volunteers with some knowledge of Morris, the Pre-Raphaelites and the Arts & Crafts movement are needed to give weekday tours to groups. This would suit someone who enjoys engaging with new audiences and sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm.

Collections documentation: The aim of this role is to support the Curator in documenting the Society’s collection. It would be an ideal position for someone who enjoys handling museum objects and who is able to work with great attention to detail.

Collections research and exhibitions development: Suitable for students looking for a placement, or people with experience of research and an interest in Morris and the Arts & Crafts movement who wish to expand their knowledge. Time could be limited to a particular project.

Digital support: Volunteers with strong IT skills are needed for occasional IT support and website maintenance and development.

Property management and maintenance: Volunteers with practical manual skills including DIY and gardening are always welcome! Time required is on an ad hoc basis.