The Society (based at Burlington House in London) is a registered charity and the oldest learned society in Britain concerned with the material remains of the past. The Society consists of 3,000 Fellows who are scholars and practitioners working across the cultural heritage sector. The Society also owns and manages a historic property in Oxfordshire, Kelmscott Manor, which was the former Cotswolds retreat of William Morris and the final home of his daughter, May Morris. 

The Society is currently recruiting for volunteers for its summer exhibition, Blood Royal: Picturing the Tudor Monarchy.

Volunteer (Summer Exhibition)

The Society will be mounting a free exhibition, Blood Royal: Picturing the Tudor Monarchy, from 24 July to the 25 August 2017 (Monday to Friday, 10.00 – 17.00), which explores and presents the history of early medieval and Tudor monarchs represented in the Society’s portrait collection. The exhibition will explore themes of legitimacy, magnificence and succession in the Tudor era. Visitors will have access to the largest portrait collection of English medieval and Tudor monarchs outside the National Portrait Gallery, and a unique opportunity to see items from our Library and Accredited Museum collections. We hope to welcome 7,500 visitors during the five weeks of the exhibition.

We are looking for volunteers to help with a range of activities during the exhibition, including welcoming visitors, invigilating displays, ensuring the safety of our collections, ensuring visitors have an enjoyable experience and directing them to further resources, and assisting with merchandise sales and special events. We would like volunteers to act as ambassadors for the Society, and enable visitors to access more information about our organisation and activities.

This year we are also recruiting for one volunteer supervisor role per shift. This role will brief and debrief volunteers, assign volunteer roles, ensure these are rotated, organize breaks as well as provide advice to volunteers to provide the best-possible visitor experience. Anyone interested in the role must be able to commit to 2 shifts per week for the entire duration of the exhibition. This is a great opportunity to gain management experience and make a meaningful contribution to our organisation.

No previous experience is necessary as training will be provided. However, we request that you attend volunteer training on 13 July (one of two sessions, lunchtime or early evening).

Benefits of Volunteering With Us

Meet a variety of people, learn new skills, and receive an opportunity to gain experience if you are looking to pursue a career in the museum and heritage industry.

You will also receive a maximum allowance of £10 per day for travel expenses (upon production of receipts etc.). Tea, coffee and biscuits also provided!

Time Commitment

You will need to be available to attend training on 13 July 2017.

Ideally we are looking for volunteers that can commit to at least one shift per week for the five weeks of the exhibition (or can do a full week of morning or afternoon shifts)

How to apply

Please download a Volunteer Description and Volunteer Application Form, complete the form and email it to

You may also post it: FAO Katy Drake, Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE.

If your skills and personal qualities match our volunteering opportunity, an informal telephone interview may take place.

Closing date for applications: 31 May 2017

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