Temporary Closure

Following Government advice in response to the COVID-19 situation, our site is temporarily closed until further notice.

We are continually monitoring developments and advice from the government and Public Health England, so please check our website for further updates. We'll be sharing some of our heritage and stories of the site on our digital channels, so whilst our gates are shut, there is still access to the Old Royal Naval College.


Join our team

Volunteers are an essential part of our team, working with all departments  in both front-of-house and office-based roles. Volunteering with us is a great way to learn news skills, gain new experiences and learn more about our fascinating site.

What will I be doing?

We usually have a range of volunteer roles, see the current opportunities below.

As a volunteer, you might:

  • Welcome and assist our visitors
  • Lead tours showcasing the history of the Old Royal Naval College
  • Fundraise to support our conservation programme
  • Assist our learning and interpretation team
  • Provide behind-the-scenes office support

What training and support will I get?

We want you to get the most out of your time volunteering with us. Full induction and training is provided and you will be given support whenever you need it.

Training may include:

  • Ways to engage with our visitors
  • An introduction to the history of the Old Royal Naval College
  • How to give effective talks and handling sessions
  • How to ask for donations
  • How to assist young learners and families

There are also plenty of opportunities to meet other volunteers and staff members at social events.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. All roles are subject to references and some may require an enhanced DBS check.

How to apply

To apply please fill in our Volunteer Application Form 

If you have any questions please contact us at volunteer@ornc.org or call us on 020 8269 4794 for more information.

Visitor Host Volunteer

The main purpose of this role is to welcome visitors, answering their questions and enthusing people about our spectacular architecture, our history and stories.

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