Museum of East Asian Art


Please note that the Museum is currently closed until further notice, due to the current uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus. As a result of this, volunteering at the Museum has also been temporarily suspended. Please feel free to contact volunteers@meaa.org.uk if you are interested in joining the Volunteer Programme when we reopen in due course.

The Museum of East Asian Art has a Volunteer Programme to help with a wide range of activities and events, supporting the team to deliver a high quality experience to visitors. Please see the Volunteer Opportunities we have currently available below.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Gallery and Exhibitions

Gallery Volunteers promote a high quality visitor experience in the Museum and galleries.

Role
You will provide a warm welcome to all visitors and be responsive to their needs, always ready to give information about the exhibitions and collection that enhance the visitor’s visit. You will monitor objects on display and be vigilant about general security and health and safety. 

Availability and schedule
Gallery Volunteer shifts, training and learning opportunities are available Tuesday to Saturday.

"I like being with people who have a similar interest that you share." Kamila, Volunteer

Front of House and Visitor Services

Front of House Volunteers ensure a high quality visitor experience from the start to the end of their visit.

Role
You will provide an enthusiastic welcome to visitors, provide excellent customer service, process admission tickets, redirect telephone calls, sell and promote Museum products and services as well as be ready to provide information which visitors need to enjoy their visit.

Availability and schedule
Front of House shifts are available Tuesday to Thursday.

"You feel like you're making a difference by providing people with a welcoming experience" Sue, Front of House Volunteer

Adult Events and Talks

Adult Events Volunteers provide a high quality visitor experience for individuals attending Museum events.

Adult Events Volunteer

Role
You will provide a warm welcome to all visitors, be responsive to their needs and always ready to give information that enhances the visitor’s visit and event experience. You will monitor activities and be vigilant about general security and health and safety.

Availability and schedule
Adult Talks are scheduled on the first Friday evening of every month and Adult Events are usually scheduled on Saturdays.

"I enjoy the evening talks at BRLSI, so I'm always looking out for that because I really learn a lot." Liz, Adult Events Volunteer

Family Events and Workshops

Family Events Volunteers support high quality visitor experience for families visiting the Museum.

Family Events Volunteer

Role
You will provide a warm welcome to all families, be responsive to their needs and help the Learning Manager and other staff to deliver workshops and other learning-related events. You will monitor these activities and be vigilant about general security and health and safety.

Availability and schedule
Family Events are scheduled during the school holidays and Saturdays.

"[My favourite memory was] the Japanese festival - I really enjoyed it... we did the tea ceremony, dressed up in a kimono, it was a special day!" David, Volunteer

Mission Statement

The Museum of East Asian Art is the only museum in the UK solely dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of East and Southeast Asian arts and cultures. We collect, preserve and exhibit artefacts representing more than 7,000 years of artistry and craftsmanship from East and South East Asia. We offer a broad range of opportunities to enjoy and learn about our unique collection and strive to be as accessible to as wide an audience as possible. To achieve this we encourage education, creativity, dialogue and research, and deliver a wide programme of rich learning and cultural experiences.