he 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.


Cafe Supervisor

We are seeking to appoint a Café Supervisor to oversee the successful day-to-day management of the Charleston Café and to supervise a small team of café assistants. Working alongside the Catering and Hospitality Manager, you will plan, develop and deliver a high quality menu for the Café and may be asked to help prepare food for Charleston Trust events, meetings and workshops.

The successful candidate will have experience of food preparation and a real passion for food and customer service. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential, as are good negotiating skills and the ability to work well under pressure in a busy environment. Previous experience of management in a catering environment is desirable but not essential.

This post is from September until 1st November 2015. Job sharers will be considered.

For a job description and details on how to apply download Cafe Supervisor 2015 Job description.

Deadline for applications is by 10am on Thursday 3rd September 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.


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@dev.charleston.com 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@dev.charleston.com .



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@dev.charleston.com .


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@dev.charleston.com

Application to Volunteer at Charleston