RAF Museum Volunteering

Learning Host

Learning Host

Do you enjoy working with children? Would you like to help children and young people connect with the story of the RAF at our Hendon site?



What is a Learning Host?

Our volunteer hosts support the work of the Access and Learning team, ensuring school visits to the RAF Museum run smoothly and enjoyably for students and teachers alike.


What will I be doing?

  • Meeting school groups on arrival, providing site orientation and itinerary briefing
  • Being a point of contact for teachers and adult helpers throughout the visit
  • Ensuring the smooth passage of school groups around the Museum
  • Assisting with the set-up, restocking and pack-down of activities
  • Assisting RAF Museum staff during workshops when required
  • Delivering object handling encounters as an additional activity for school groups
  • Presenting a positive image of the Museum and team to all visitors
  • Supporting the Museum in its commitment to safeguarding children


This role is perfect for you if you are…

  • Welcoming and friendly
  • Calm under pressure and able to react quickly and appropriately
  • Confident working with large groups and a range of ages
  • A good communicator with all ages (children and adults)
  • Reliable, organised and an accurate timekeeper
  • Comfortable working in all weather conditions
  • Able to spend long periods on your feet and to move at speed
  • Able to undertake light manual-handling
  • Willing and able to follow instructions from Access & Learning staff and to work with them to prioritise a quality learning experience for visiting school groups


How much time would I need to commit?

We are looking for a minimum commitment of one weekday morning a week (Monday - Friday), between 9.30am and 1.00pm, for every week of the [Barnet] school term. You can either commit to the same day/s each week, or provide us with a range of possible days (required at least weekly in advance). The role is term-time only.


What’s in it for me?


  • Gaining experience of museum and teaching work
  • Meeting people and making new friends
  • Improving your communication skills
  • 20% staff discount in gift shop and café
  • Uniform polo shirt and jacket (provided on completion of trial period)
  • Travel and food expenses reimbursed up to £10 per day, in line with our policy


How can I get involved?

Apply online here, or contact volunteering@rafmuseum.org for more information.


What happens next?

Training and selection will take place on Wednesday 25 May, 10.00 – 12.30 (Part 1) and Thursday 26 May, 9.30 – 11.30 (Part 2) and will cover:


  • Introduction to the role and the work of the Access & Learning team
  • Safeguarding awareness training
  • Site health and safety
  • Familiarisation with rooms and spaces used for school workshops
  • Opportunity to observe the school meet-and-greet and a school workshop


Subsequent training will include familiarisation with the workshops, engaging the public with objects (and how to handle them), and delivering part of the Air Raid! workshop (optional).


This position will require a Disclosure and Barring Service (Basic Disclosure) check. The Museum will arrange this unless you are already signed up to the DBS update service. We run a trial period system – this gives both you and us the chance to make sure you and the role are a suitable match.  For this role, the trial period is 6 shifts.