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Volunteer With Us

Have you considered volunteering at Dr Johnson’s House?


As a volunteer you can …


  • Learn about Dr Johnson and life in the 18th century

  • Make new friends

  • Learn new skills

  • Strengthen your CV

  • Enjoy seasonal outings with other volunteers

  • Receive a discount on purchases in our museum shop

All our volunteers are vital to the successful running of the museum. In return, we want your time with us to be rewarding, enjoyable and worthwhile. We welcome your interest in volunteering with us regardless of age, background and experience.

To learn more, contact us using this link.

All skill ought to be exerted for universal good; every man has owed much to others, and ought to repay the kindness that he has received.

Johnson: Rasselas (1759)

What our volunteers say:

“I first went to Dr Johnson’s House when I began to notice Johnson popping up in many of the books I was reading. Whilst there, I bought a copy of his Essays and Boswell’s Life, becoming seriously enamoured with the man and his work. I’d come to the house every so often for a lecture or exhibition, then more often for the book club. Finally, I accepted the inevitable and volunteered. I work full time and my hours in the house on a Saturday morning are some of the most rejuvenating and relaxing of the week. I get to welcome people to the house, tell them about things that fascinate me, and when it gets quiet, I read and write in a space shared by many of my favourite authors.”



"I came to Dr. Johnson's House looking to build my experience working with museum and heritage collections for my career and was lucky to find this volunteer opportunity checking the condition of paintings and prints in the House. Although I am still new, it has been a very enjoyable experience learning more about Dr. Johnson, his work, the places he spent time in, and the people that admired him through the artwork. I look forward to what I will unwrap every week." 



“I enjoy English literature and it’s good to share aspects of it … discovering something new, or old and discovering a new aspect of yourself. The house is a time machine waiting, it seems, for the return of its travellers – not Dr Who but Dr Johnson!”


Volunteer roles  include 


Front of House volunteer role

Our front of house volunteers meet and greet visitors and sell gifts in the museum shop. They are on hand to answer questions visitors might have about Dr Johnson and the history of the house.


 Gardening volunteer role

We are also looking for gardening volunteers to help look after our courtyard garden. The role involves seasonal planting, repotting and light weeding.

Office volunteer role

Our Office Volunteers play a vital role in assisting the Operations and Collections Manager with office duties at the House.

Volunteer room guide role

Learn about Dr Johnson and his household and then share your knowledge with our visitors. You will be the fact of our organisation and help to ensure that visitors enjoy their walk around this amazing historic structure.


If you are interested in knowing more about our volunteer roles, please contact Miranda Charalambous by telephone on 020 7353 3745 between the hours of 11am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

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