In response to the uncertainty created by COVID-19, and the UK government’s directions on keeping everyone safe, we have sadly taken the decision to close Fulham Palace’s doors until further notice.
Please see our COVID-19 update for more information.

Volunteer

Volunteers are involved in every aspect of Palace life, from welcoming visitors to playing the grand piano in our historic rooms.

An update on volunteering at Fulham Palace

Unfortunately we’ve had to temporarily close our volunteer recruitment process because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll open as soon as possible. If you’re interested in volunteering in the future please sign up to our new mailing list; as soon as we reopen recruitment we’ll be in touch.

Read below to find out a bit more about some of the volunteering roles usually available at the Palace:

My experience of volunteering at Fulham Palace has been great. I’ve done three different activities so far and they’ve all been fun. Each time I’ve felt very welcomed and valued, which is lovely.

Julie, Learning and front of house volunteer
Three women sit in a courtyard. All are smiling at the camera

In return for your valuable time we offer a packed programme of training sessions, special trips and social events. Our volunteers also receive a 10% discount in our shop and café and access to the ValueYou recognition scheme.

We usually ask for a minimum commitment of six months so that we can both make the most of your volunteering. Read our FAQs for volunteers to learn more.

Volunteer portal

If you’re a current volunteer you can log into our dedicated volunteer portal and read the latest news, sign up to a volunteer rota, RSVP to events and more.

For more information

You can get in touch with our volunteer team on volunteer@fulhampalace.org or +44 (0)20 7751 2433.

Case studies

Find out why some of our volunteers have joined us and which roles they do:

Alan Turner - Front of house volunteer

Which department do you volunteer for?

Front of house

How often do you volunteer? 

Two afternoons per week

How long have you been volunteering?

Since August 2019

Why do you volunteer?

I’ve been retired for two years and wanted to get back into a routine. I liked the idea of volunteering so I went along to a volunteer forum in Fulham Library and met Rachel there. There were probably about ten or more organisations, but I liked the idea of working for Fulham Palace because I’m a Londoner, born in Chelsea, who is interested in London history. I liked the idea of it being light-hearted, and Fulham Palace suited me from a historic point of view. I’ve grown up in the area and as a lad we were brought down to Bishop’s Park with my family. I now live in Shepherds Bush and cycle along the river to get there.

How do you fit volunteering around your other commitments?

Currently I’m very flexible – I read the weekly front of house emails and fit shifts around my family life when I can.

What impact has volunteering had on your life?

I’ve learnt more about this place than I’ve ever thought. I’ve taken my time to read all about it and it’s been fascinating to me in that way! I’ve always worked in an office environment so I’m learning and pushing myself out of my comfort zone by interacting with visitors.

What impact do you feel your volunteering has on other people’s lives in your community?

I hope to throw some light on this place because it’s a hidden gem, and now that I’m part of it, I talk about it when I’m out and about with people. I’ve brought my family to apple day and the grandchildren had fun. I’ve met a few regular visitors who come in now and then, and I get to chat with people about the local area and our shared history. I learn social history from people who talk about past occasions when they’ve visited the palace and they tell me how things have changed: the Palace, garden, Bishop’s Park, and our surrounding area.

Zeba Nadeem - Learning volunteer

Which department do you volunteer for?

Learning

How often do you volunteer?

Once a week

How long have you been volunteering?

Since September 2019

Why do you volunteer?

Here at Fulham Palace I am a learning admin assistant. I am also in my final year of university studying English at Kings College London. With my love for English comes a love for history, and learning about local history is always so fascinating. As a volunteer I am surrounded by a shared interest for history, and I love that I am able to learn more about the local history whilst also learning so much from the team around me! I love being in a fun and uplifting environment

Maureen Ball - Front of house volunteer

Which department do you volunteer for?

Front of house

How often do you volunteer? 

Two afternoons per week

How long have you been volunteering?

Since around 2007, when Fulham Palace was still amalgamated with Hammersmith and Fulham Council.

Why do you volunteer?

I’m Fulham born and have known about the garden at Fulham Palace all my life. I remember the herb garden from when I was a little girl, back when there was only one showcase with the Bishop’s cope in it. The house fell into disrepair and until the mid ‘80s there were peacocks roaming around the grounds! I started volunteering here because my work came to an end.

I saw the advertisement about volunteering at Fulham Palace in the local library. I needed something to do at the time to take my mind of things in my personal life, so I got in touch about September 2007, and I went to a meeting held in the chapel with the then-curator, Miranda Poliakoff. In November they asked me to come volunteer and at the time I did an awful lot of volunteering. I helped out with the school classes that visited the site, but my knees got too bad for that so I took up museum stewarding and worked in the shop. I’ve always enjoyed helping out in the shop because I’ve worked in a lot of shops during my life.

How do you fit volunteering around your other commitments?

I’ve always done Sundays here and Thursdays when I can. I can plan my life around volunteering. It’s part of my life now, it’s part of what I do. And I enjoy meeting people every day, regardless of nationality. Having been an international telephonist, I’ve found I can get on with people from all ages from all over the world.

What impact has volunteering had on your life?

At the time I began volunteering, I needed something to fill my time and it came along at the right time. I learned a lot of history about the Bishops and history of the local area.

What impact do you feel your volunteering has on other people’s lives in your community?

I’ve always helped with the baking for the carol concerts – my mince pies have always gone down extremely well. One visitor said one year they could see the great hall laden with treats – that whole massive table laden with food – they said it looked “spectacular”. Sometimes I’d turn round and there’d be nothing left on the tables!

I’ve enjoyed showing schoolchildren the World War II items from the collection because I recognise them and can explain them to the children, who sometimes recognise things that their grandparents have at home.

I’ve also helped train new front of house volunteers in the role, and if I ever stopped coming, I’d really miss it.