Volunteering with IWM London, Churchill War Rooms and HMS Belfast


Our volunteers donate time in various roles across the London Branches:  in conservation and collections support, events support, object handling,  welcome and administrative support.  They also serve as remote field workers. The volunteer programme is open to anyone aged 18 years and above, although there are now a number of weekend volunteering roles within our programme, there are currently no regular evening roles available.

Current roles available:

Schools Meet and Greet, IWM London

School visitors are welcomed into IWM London by volunteers who can enhance the experience of our schools and make their day impactful and memorable.

Customer Experience Volunteer, IWM London

The Imperial War Museums are looking to expand our team of long term volunteers to help with our customer welcome at IWM London.  Customer Experience Volunteers provide an extra level of service to our visitors providing additional way-finding and historical information about this extraordinary site.

Warship Conservation Volunteer, HMS Belfast

Developed in conjunction with our Conservation Team this is an exciting opportunity to help us preserve HMSBelfast for future generations.

We hold regular recruitment selection days. To register your place at a session please download an application and return the completed form by email to the Volunteer Programme Office at VolunteerLondon@iwm.org.uk indicating which role you are applying for.

Why Join the London Branches Volunteer Team?

Volunteering with us gives you the opportunity to discover more about our London Branches, make friends, see behind the scenes, and develop your  skills. We ask for a long term commitment of one visit a month for a year and in return we offer:

  • Free entry in to all 5 Branches of the IWM (not including air shows at our IWM Duxford branch)
  • Discount in our shops and cafes
  • Two organised volunteer visits per year
  • Annual volunteer recognition event
  • Weekly e-newsletter and bi-annual magazine
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses up to £10 per day (Short Term Student Placements up to 2 visits per week and UK bank accounts only)


Volunteering on HMS Belfast

Volunteering at Churchill War Rooms

Volunteer Testimonials

Thank you for this latest newsletter. I always find them very interesting as they are packed with information across the board. Thanks also for organising the volunteers day at the Royal Naval College, as you reported with pics in last week's edition. It was a smashing tour -  I met some new people over my lovely lunch. The maritime museum was fascinating as was their shop where I bought a couple of Christmas presents for my great-nephews.

Mary – Membership Ambassador

To apply please download an application and return the completed form by email to the Volunteer Programme Office at VolunteerLondon@iwm.org.uk

More information on becoming an IWM volunteer

Short Term Student Placements

Imperial War Museums have a long tradition of involving student volunteers from across the world  in short term voluntary placements at our London Branches. Placements are available June-September 2018 and are normally attached to the operational departments and teams including the collections sections, conservation and such specialist areas as the War Memorials Register. Applicants can find out more here. To apply please download and submit an IWM Student Placement Application Form to the Volunteer Programme Office VolunteerLondon@iwm.org.uk by 28 Feburary 2018.

I can't thank you enough for the incredible opportunity to work at the Register over the past couple of months. I've enjoyed every minute of it, and have learnt so much. You have all been so kind and welcoming, and have truly made it an unforgettable experience. I felt rather lost last night, knowing that I wouldn't be coming into London again on Monday!

Jenny – Short Term Student Placement