Surrey Arts Wardrobe (Guildford)

Volunteer Handy person/prop repair Assistant

The Surrey Arts Wardrobe is a Theatrical Costume hire department run by Surrey County Council.

Originally the collection housed items for various schools, groups and the Surrey Youth Theatre. The initial idea for the collection was that those housing costumes could hire their own items back for free and anything else at a reduced rate with the running costs of the service being met with income made by hiring items out to the general public. In recent years it became clear that this was not sustainable and now the whole collection belongs to Surrey County Council and grows by public donation.

The collection remains a vital resource for Schools, amateur dramatics groups, youth theatres and events across Surrey and beyond as well as being used by private individuals and small scale professional productions. Volunteers are an important and valued part of the Wardrobe service and are integral to maintaining and developing the Wardrobe collection and service.

Duties: This role involves undertaking occasional minor practical tasks around the Wardrobe for example moving shelves or putting up hooks and tackling repairs to broken and tired looking props.

Skills and Experience: We require a friendly, practical person or persons with common sense and an interest in DIY or handy-crafts who has some time on either a weekly or occasional basis to come and help us maintain the collection of small props and undertake occasional minor practical tasks around the Wardrobe.

The ideal candidates would have practical skills such as; carpentry, metal work and DIY and the ability to mend and maintain a wide range of objects. This role would suit someone who enjoys tinkering with, mending and making things.

The right person or persons would be willing and able to commit to volunteering with us at the Surrey Arts Wardrobe on a long-term basis. You would be expected to complete tasks independently but Wardrobe staff would be on hand to offer support and guidance if required.

Commitment required

Approx ½ day per week

Ideally Wednesdays and Fridays

Training Required

You will receive a full induction. Further training will be available as required depending on the demands of the role.


If you are interested please click on the application tab & complete online form.

Mission Statement

The Surrey Arts Wardrobe is a theatrical costume hire department run by Surrey County Council. Initially set up in the late 1970s as a community resource housing costumes for various groups and schools the collection now all belongs to Surrey County Council and is available for hire.