Petrie Museum

Volunteering at the Petrie Museum

The Petrie Museum offers a vibrant volunteering program that gives our volunteers holistic experience of the museum sector.

Volunteers are encouraged to work towards a certificate of qualification which will relate to the skills learnt. Volunteers can gain experience of roles relating to front of house, office management, events and specialist museum projects.

We prioritise applications from UCL student and alumni, before considering external applicants.

In order to apply for Events, Front of House and Project volunteering, please download this short application form Petrie_Volunteer_Application_Form. Then either email it to / or drop it off at the museum addressed FAO Petrie Museum Volunteer Application.We will then contact you to arrange a an informal chat about volunteering so we can match you to the best programme.

Events - Click for more info

Occasional Evening and Weekend shifts

Working on a broad range of events, from film showings to cross-campus festivals

"I worked events with my good friend Stephanie and the lovely event managers Helen and Debbie, and we had a great time. " (Events Volunteer)

contact: Helen Pike h.pike[@] and Debbie Challis d.challis[@]

Front of House - Click for more info

Afternoon shifts available Tuesday - Saturday

Welcoming visitors to the museum and preparing visitor materials and interpretation guides

"Everyone had a question, and it was fun speaking to people about a topic I absolutely adore." [Front of House Volunteer]

Contact: Tracey Golding

Projects - Click for more info

Shifts are usually a half day running 9-5 Monday - Thursday

Projects can range from archive management to working on the museum's social media. Specific details of projects will be given when available.

Please note we cannot guarantee Project availability and they will sometimes have prerequisite skill requirements

"I was able to work alongside the curator, conservator and manager on international and more localised projects." [Projects Volunteer]

Current availability: social media volunteers


triple volunteer

Current Opportunities

We currently have no availability on our volunteer programme. We are likely to to be welcoming applications again in Spring 2016.

Vol duo

Shiobhan S - MA Egyptian Archaeology (UCL)

Working at the Petrie Museum was a wonderful experience. The staff are very friendly and a delight to work with, and they plan the best parties! 

I loved seeing people come in and get excited about ancient Egyptian artifacts. Everyone had a question, and it was fun speaking to people about a topic I absolutely adore. 

My favorite event was out under the columns of the entrance to UCL for the Xena and Spartacus episode viewing and lecture. I worked it with my good friend Stephanie and the lovely event managers Helen and Debbie, and we had a great time. 

Angela S - MA Museum Studies (University of Leicester)

At events, you get to help with so many different types of events from book launches, academic lectures, festivals, family even; it’s never the same which makes each event very exciting! 

My favourite event was the LGBT week, we had a fantastic panel during the night, it felt so great to help the LGBT community have a voice and we had much fun with live performances! 

I met some fantastic artists and museum enthusiasts among the speakers and volunteers. My experience allowed me to pursue a master's degree in Museum Studies and become an archives intern at the Louvre in the Egyptian antiquities department. 

Edmund Connolly - MA Art and Archaeology (UCL)

 I began as a Front of House and Events volunteer, before working on more specific projects within the museum. I was able to work alongside the curator, conservator and Manager on international and more localised projects.

From this work I became a Projects Assistant at the museum and am now the manager of the British Council - UCL Museum Training School. I got this positions thanks to my initial volunteering which taught me essential museum management and cultural heritage skills that apply in my every day work.

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