Greenwich, Greater London
Job description

The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) is one of London’s most famous riverside landmarks. Sir Christopher Wren’s twin domed masterpiece attracts over 1.8 million visitors a year and is in the top 11 visitor attractions in London. Areas open daily include the Painted Hall, the Chapel and the Visitor Centre. 

The learning team use the inspiring history, geography and architecture of the ORNC to offer a range of creative learning opportunities for school groups, families, ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and community groups.

For our school programme, we run a varied programme of workshops and projects for school groups, from Foundation Stage to Key Stage 5. Each year we welcomed about 5,500 pupils and teachers for facilitated workshops and self-guided visits. We also have around 4,000 children and adults participating in our family events.

The learning team need help with supporting school groups during their visit and ensuring that they have an informative, safe and highly enjoyable experience, helping with the preparation of workshop resources and supporting family activities. The learning volunteer will play a key role in helping with the smooth running of our learning programme We are seeking help from volunteers who are passionate about museum and heritage education, and keen to gain hands-on experience in a heritage learning environment.

If you are interested in building some experience working with children, running creative educational activities, whether you’re a student, a teacher or a training facilitator, then this is an ideal role for you!

  • As an activities leader, you will have the opportunity to enhance your skills in leading trail/skittle sessions. You will be provided with relevant training and guidance for this role.
  • Support the set-up of school workshops including preparing resources and tidying away
  • Support the delivery of school workshops, including facilitating ceiling tour, skittles game, trails and activities for groups of children and young people
  • Help ensure that all groups have an engaging, enjoyable and safe visit
  • Help with the set-up and delivery of family workshops, including welcoming families and helping them with activities
  • Assisting with the evaluation and marketing of the learning programme as required
  • To contribute ideas to the learning programme, and help the team to stay up to date with current developments in the sector
  • Subject to satisfactory progress further tasks may be assigned


  • Length: Minimum of three months required.
  • Frequency: Ideally 3 days per month, including week days and some weekends
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Training dates: we expect volunteers to come to a Taster session on September 18th and the Induction Training Day on September 25th. 


As ORNC volunteers you will receive:

  • Receive a full induction, in-house training and support from experienced heritage professionals
  • Regular support and supervision from the Volunteer Manager
  • Local discounts
  • Free access to the site attractions
  • Travel costs of up to £15 per day will be reimbursed based on Oyster card receipts
  • £3.50 towards lunch for a five hour shift or more.

In addition, Learning volunteers will have the opportunity to:

  • Play an important role in the learning team.
  • Experience of working as part of a heritage learning department
  • The opportunity to develop communication skills and gain experience in working with people of different ages and backgrounds
  • The chance to help bring to life the stories and history of the ORNC for all learners, through creative and hands-on learning experiences
  • Help the ORNC raise its profile and support activities
  • A chance to gain work experience working with children and young people and boost your CV
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to interact with people of different ages and backgrounds, especially children, young people, families and educational groups.
  • An interest in/enthusiasm for museum and heritage education, including a commitment to making heritage education accessible for all learners
  • The ability to engage with visitors in a professional and friendly manner
  • A flexible and proactive approach
  • Reliable, time-keeping skills and resilience under pressure
  • Ability to work both autonomously as well as part of a team
  • Reasonable level of fitness as to facilitate a skittle game session requires lifting balls.


  • Some previous experience of working with children and young people, and confidence in dealing with and speaking to groups
  • An interest in the stories and history of the ORNC, and a willingness to learn more.


  • The Greenwich Foundation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All learning volunteers are subject to an informal interview, references checking and an enhanced DBS check as well as to attend a safeguarding training.
  • Taking photographs during all learning events including school, family, ESOL and community sessions is completely forbidden in line with our safeguarding policy. The only photographs that are taken are by professionals for marketing purposes, and this is only done once completed photographic consent forms are provided to us by the school and parent/guardian in question.
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Old Royal Naval College, the Greenwich Foundation

The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) is one of London’s most famous riverside landmarks. Sir Christopher Wren’s riverside masterpiece... Read more

Posted on: 15 August 2019
Closed date: 10 September 2019
Tags: Social Work, Teaching