The Charleston Trust offers many opportunities 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.


Finance Manager  (Permanent, full time)
We are seeking an experienced  accountant for a hands on role with a broad range of responsibilities and the chance to make a real difference to Charleston at a time of significant development.

Playing a pivotal role in supporting the Head of Finance you will be responsible for the day to day finances of the charity, maintaining and reporting financial records and improving and streamlining existing processes.

The successful candidate  should be (FCA) ACA, ACCA or CIMA qualified with at least three years financial management/accountancy experience. An experience of administering a varied Parroll using Sage 50 Payroll, liaising with HMRC and Charity Commission and a hands on team player are essential qualities.

For further information and details on how to apply, please download the Finance Manager Job description 2016.

All applicants are asked to fill in and return the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Deadline for applications is by 12noon on Wednesday 9th December 2015


Development and Enterprises Assistant (Fixed term, part time)

We are seeking a Development and Enterprises Assistant to  support and help deliver Charleston’s core fundraising strategy and to assist with maximising income from all funding streams for core costs, including Charleston’s two literary festivals.

The Development & Enterprises Assistant will aid the Head of Development & Enterprises working with associated income generating areas of Charleston activities, including Facilities & Memberships, Marketing & Communications, Catering & Hospitality and Retail.

We are looking to recruit an individual with experience of fundraising, has excellent research and writing skills with an ability to multi-task across several projects. The post holder will need to have capacity for innovative, entrepreneurial and creative thinking.

For further information and details on how to apply, please download Development & Enterprises Assistant Job description

All applicants are asked to fill in and return an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Deadline for applications is by 12 noon on Thursday 10th December 2015



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.

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

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