The Charleston Trust offers many opportunties for those wishing to work with us, volunteer or gain some work experience. All of our permanent, seasonal, internships, apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities are detailed below.



Public Programmes internship

We are seeking an intern for 12 months to work on the Charleston Centenary Project Heritage Lottery funded programme to develop and extend Charleston’s relationship with local schools, education providers, and community groups, whilst maintaining our service to existing audiences. This is a great opportunity for  structured work-based learning to support career development which will open up opportunities for working in the culture and heritage sectors.

We are looking for an individual interested in a career in museum education or events management who is able to demonstrate experience working with children and/or marginalised audiences. We are seeking someone who has an understanding of accessibility issues that relate to community engagement work and who is able to contribute to new project ideas. We are looking for an individual with a collaborative approach  working effectively with others and as part of a team.For further information please download a Public programme Internships JobDescription2015. Applicants are requested to return an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form with their application.
Deadline for applications is by 9am on Tuesday 4th August 2015.



Curatorial Internships

We are offering 2 six month paid internships as part of the Centenary Project Activity Plan.  This programme is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, The Elizabeth Cayzer Charitable Trust and The Michael Marks Charitable Trust and offers structured work-based learning to support career development and to open up opportunities for working in the heritage sector. The internship is an important part of a cataloguing and research programme, the aim of which is to conserve and archive, catalogue, photograph and publish online the contents of the Angelica Garnett Gift, an important collection of 8,000 works by the Bloomsbury artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell. Also to carry out research that contributes to the Trust’s knowledge of Bloomsbury visual culture and the Charleston Trust’s collection.

We are looking for post graduates with a degree in art history or museum studies who have an interest in 20th Century British art, design and history. You will have a demonstrable interest in working in museums and galleries and will have a collaborative approach and work well with other people and as part of a team.

For further information and details on how to apply  please download the Curatorial Internships Job Description 2015. Applicants are requested to return an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form with their application.

Deadline for applications is by midnight on Sunday 16th August



Small Wonder Festival Assistants

Small Wonder (Wed 23rd to Sun 27th Sept 2015) is a prestigious literary festival focusing on the short story. The festival takes place in historic barns on the grounds of Charleston and attracts around 3000 people.  To manage this busy period, we seek support from a friendly team of casual staff  to assist with car parking, catering, bar work and box office.   Shifts would largely fall on weekday evenings and all day on the weekend.

Successful candidates will be placed on a fixed term contract, subject to PAYE.  The rate of pay is £6.50 per hour.

We are looking for people who have excellent customer service and communication skills, confidence, and the ability to work well under pressure in a team and individually. Previous catering/retail/customer service/festival or events experience is desirable.

TO APPLY:  Please email a CV, covering letter, specifying which role(s) you would be interested in doing, detailing relevant experience and stating your availability over the Festival period and the contact details of two referees to Kristina Sekyere k.sekyere@charleston.org.uk. Please note that preference will be given to applicants who are flexible and can commit to all of the Festival dates.

Deadline for applications is by 10am on Friday 4th September.




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.

“I fell for Charleston’s charms the first time I visited and I wanted to get involved there and then.  Through volunteering in the house and garden, I have had the opportunity to meet and work with some truly wonderful people who are passionate about the place and its extraordinary legacy. Volunteering here has enriched my life immensely and I have developed not only a deeper knowledge of the Bloomsbury group and the Charleston collection, but a profound affection for the place that will never leave me.” Clare.

“I have been volunteering at Charleston for nearly 15 years in the house assisting with conservation and as a House Steward. What I love is, every time there is a surprise like discovering a message on the back of an object or  seeing a painting from the collection in its original state. Most of all, my joy is talking to the public while stewarding on Sundays, often learning from them and hopefully them learning from me! ” Sally.


We are currently seeking;

Memberships and Administrative Volunteer

We are looking for a volunteer to assist with the administration of the Charleston membership schemes and general office operations. Further information about the role can be downloaded here Membership and Administrative Volunteer July 2015

Please apply by sending a CV and covering letter to k.sekyere@charleston.org.uk by Wednesday 19th August.



Volunteer House Stewards, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from end March to early November.

Volunteer House 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 as well as enjoying working with the public. For further information please email k.majer@charleston.org.uk .



Small Wonder Volunteer Helpers,  Wednesday 23rd to Sunday 27 Sunday 2015.

Small Wonder is a prestigious literary festival focusing on the short story. The festival takes place in historic barns on the grounds of Charleston and attracts around 3000 people.

To manage this busy period, we seek support from a friendly team of volunteers to assist with box office, fire stewarding main events, Outsider art and writing workshops.    Shifts would largely fall on weekday evenings and/or  all day on the weekend.   For further information please email festivals@charleston.org.uk .


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 info@charleston.org.uk

Application to Volunteer at Charleston