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Festival Assistants

The Charleston Festival is a prestigious annual literary festival involving writers, performers, politicians and thinkers – both high profile and up and coming, national and international.  The Charleston Trust is seeking  casual staff to take on a range of  responsibilities throughout the running of the Festival. Roles available include:

  • Car parking and traffic controllers
  • Bar staff
  • Tea Tent staff

The 2014 Charleston Festival takes place from Friday 16th to Monday 26th May (no events on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th May) and events run from 1pm-10.15pm on weekdays and 12pm-10.00pm on weekends. Most catering positions will commence at 10.30am on each day.  Other positions will start two hours before the first event of the day.

We are looking for confident and outgoing people who have:

  • Excellent customer service and front  of house skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure, in a team and individually
  • Previous catering/retail/ customer service/ festival or events environment experience is desirable

To apply:  Please email a CV, covering letter detailing relevant experience and stating your availability over the Festival period and the contact details of two referees to Kristina Sekyere  Please note that preference will be given to applicants who are flexible and can commit to all of the Festival dates.

All applications received will be acknowledged.

Deadline for applications is by 12pm on Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Telephone interviews will take place for those shortlisted on Friday 25th April 2014 and a designated time will be given in advance to each applicant.

Because of Charleston’s rural location all applicants must have a current UK driving licence and the use of a car or have guaranteed lifts. Charleston is not served by public transport and the timings for the festival shuttle bus are not suitable for Festival staff. Please give careful consideration to your transport options before applying.



The Charleston Trust is seeking to appoint House Guides to provide interpretation of Charleston, its history and its collection to the visiting public through one hour guided tours.  Guides are also responsible for  protecting the collection from potential harm that could be caused by visitors.

Guides are crucial representatives of Charleston and so we are looking for candidates with excellent public speaking and visitor service skills, enthusiastic and flexible with an interest and/or knowledge of Charleston and Bloomsbury.

A job description and details on how to apply can be downloaded here Guides Job Description 2014

Deadline for applications is by 12 noon on Monday 5th May 2014

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 13th May 2014



Get Involved At Charleston we offer many volunteering opportunities, from helping with mailings and organising events, to weeding the garden and working with the Curator. The time and expertise that volunteers bring to Charleston are of enormous value to the Trust. We also hope to provide volunteers with experience and references they can use in developing a career in the arts. If you are interested in volunteering with us please fill out the form below and send to The Charleston Trust, Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6LL or email

Application to Volunteer at Charleston

Volunteer room stewards Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from end March to early November. Room stewards welcome visitors and bring the house to life by providing information about Charleston’s occupants and their artwork. Stewards also keep an eye on security and visitor safety in the house. No experience or background in the arts is needed just a positive approach and willingness to learn. For further information please email .