Topic ID #33033 - posted 7/1/2014 3:47 AM

Volunteer opportunity: Education Volunteer at Benjamin Franklin House, London


Benjamin Franklin House is the world's only remaining Franklin home. For nearly sixteen years between 1757 and 1775, Dr Benjamin Franklin – scientist, diplomat, philosopher, inventor, Founding Father of the United States and more – lived here at 36 Craven Street, London, England. We are looking to appoint a dedicated volunteer to assist with the development and implementation of our education programme.

The Education Volunteer assists with the running of the front-of-house, the core education programme, and also with the running and marketing of special events and projects for school groups and families. The Volunteer works in collaboration with the Education Manager for 2-4 days per week (to be agreed with the successful candidate, but will include Tuesdays), for a minimum of 3 months in the first instance.

Please ask about our travel expenses reimbursement policy.

The Volunteer will gain experience assisting in the following areas:

- Front-of-House duties such as: preparation for, and running of, the 'Historical Experience' show; delivery of architectural tours of the House; and working in the Box Office/Shop
- Helping to run our school visit days, including participation in science demonstrations and 'Discovery Room' sessions
- The creation of educational workshops and events, including preparation of marketing material such as flyers and press releases
- Development and preparation of activities or lessons for at least one museum educational offering
- Contacting teachers and schools to market the school visit days, taking bookings and promoting our education programme
- Development and implementation of consistent feedback tools
- Review and evaluation of education events
- Promotion and marketing of other educational events
- General administrative tasks

This role is particularly suited to an individual with a strong interest in history/heritage education with experience working with children in some capacity. Students or graduates in a subject related to Franklin and the House such as history, cultural heritage, politics or science are particularly encouraged to apply.

Please note that no employment opportunities are available at the end of the volunteering period.

Closing date for applications is Monday 14th July 2014 at 5pm. The intended start date for the position is the week beginning Monday 21st July - please indicate in your application whether you are available to start that week.

To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter to House Education Manager Stephen Wilson at

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