Volunteering at the Petrie Museum
The Petrie Museum offers a vibrant volunteering program that gives our volunteers holistic experience of the museum world and professional sector.
Volunteers are encouraged to work towards a certificate of qualification which will relate to their skills and attributes displayed. Volunteers can gain experience of roles relating to front of house, office management, events and specialist museum projects and exhibitions.
As we are a branch of UCL we prioritise applications from UCL student and alumni, before considering external applicants.
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[@]ucl.ac.uk and Debbie Challis d.challis[@]ucl.ac.uk
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 email@example.com
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]
Contact: Edmund Connolly firstname.lastname@example.org
We require 2 volunteers to work on our Office archive
We currently require volunteers for our events program
Due to space and staff constraints, the Museum cannot guarantee offers for student placements and internships.
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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