Visitor Engagement Volunteers

Weekend and school holiday opportunities at Banqueting House

Weekend and school holiday opportunities at Banqueting House

The Banqueting House, designed by Inigo Jones with its spectacular Rubens’ ceiling, is the last surviving section of Whitehall Palace. Originally designed to host spectacular masques for the Stuart Kings it is now both a popular visitor attraction and events space. It is, perhaps, most famous for being the site of the execution of King Charles I.

We need your help to deliver an incredible visitor experience and to help bring the building and its stories to life for everyone who visits. 

Photograph of the Banqueting House's stone front architecture

What the role involves

Your role will be to support the Visitor Services team at weekends and during school holidays.

The main part of the role is to engage visitors with our Handling Collection. This is a collection of archaeological artefacts including coins and pottery which tell the stories of Whitehall Palace and the people who lived there. Training will be provided for this role.

We also need our volunteers to provide a friendly welcome to all visitors to the Banqueting House. You will be supervising our family activities. These are based around the Masques which used to be held here. These were huge theatrical events designed to show the greatness of the Stuart Kings.

In addition, we just need our volunteers to be willing to engage with our visitors and bring the stories of Banqueting House to life and ensure all visitors leave having had a great time here. There may be other occasional ad hoc opportunities such as helping out with public events or data entry.

A love of history and a passion for working with people is essential and an interest in art and architecture would also be desirable. Additional languages are very welcome as we are visited by many international visitors.

Anticipated time contribution

We need two volunteers each day at weekends and every day during school holidays. We are flexible about how much time you can give us, but ideally you will be able to offer at least one day a fortnight. Shifts are expected to be between 11:00-17:00.

Next steps

A group interview will be held on Saturday, 21 April at 11am at the Banqueting House. This will be an opportunity for us to meet you as well as for you to meet the team and to learn more about the volunteer role and Banqueting House.

If you are interested in applying for this role, please complete a volunteer registration form and return it to:

Sarah Levine,
Apartment 19,
Victorian Rooms,
Hampton Court Palace,

Or email

Please indicate on your form that you would like to be involved as a Visitor Support Volunteer at Banqueting House.