18 Stafford Terrace was the home of Punch cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne, his wife Marion, their two children and their live-in servants. A late Victorian family home, it is preserved almost entirely intact, giving a memorable insight into the lives of the Sambournes and the world in which they lived.

18 Stafford TerraceFrom September we will be increasing public access to the house by providing Open Access afternoons on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 2 pm to 5.30 pm.  On these afternoons, during the open season of September to the end of June, members of the public can come and explore the house at their leisure.

We are looking for volunteer Room Guides who will be on hand to provide a warm, friendly welcome to visitors and play a valuable part in safeguarding our interiors and collections.

Role title:


Volunteer Room Guide


18 Stafford Terrace


Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday afternoons from 1.45 pm to 5.30 pm.
How much of your time we ask for:


It’s up to you – weekly, once a fortnight, or whenever you can.  If you would like us to provide a reference for you we do ask that you come regularly for a minimum of 3 months as that means we can get to know you.
Will the role suit you:


If you have a passion for social history and heritage; an enthusiastic and friendly manner; enjoy meeting and talking with people, like operating as part of a team and are keen to learn then yes.
Why we need your help:


We want to increase the number of people who can come and see this amazing home, as well as give people the opportunity to spend longer in the rooms. To do this we need help:

o   Providing a warm, informal and friendly welcome to all visitors

o   Improving the visitor’s experience by answering questions

o   Helping to protect interiors and collections from damage and following conservation and security procedures to prevent theft or damage

o   Conducting visitor surveys to make sure we are offering what people are interested in and we can spread the word

o   Assisting with the evacuation of visitors in an emergency

There may be other activities where we could use your help

What’s in it for you:


  • Becoming part of a friendly and dedicated team
  • Meeting people from all walks of life and make new friends
  • Using and improving your communication skills
  • Enjoying new experiences and learning something new every day
  • Great personal satisfaction, since you have the opportunity to make a real difference to our visitors’ experience
  • Learning the history and stories of 18 Stafford Terrace.

We want our volunteers to feel that they are part of the team, however long they stay with us. We can offer receipted travel expenses to and from the Museum on volunteering days. You will also have the opportunity to attend some events.  If appropriate, we can also provide references for volunteers.

For more information contact:


Heather Farwell

Tours and Volunteer Coordinator

Email: heather.farwell@rbkc.gov.uk

To learn more about other opportunities within the Royal Borough’s Museums and other local services please visit www.rbkc.gov.uk/volunteer