Are you interested in architecture and the built environment? Open House is looking for volunteers. Open House London is the capital’s largest architecture festival. Attracting thousands of people each year, more than 800 buildings of all types and periods open their doors to the public for free. Some, like Chiswick House, are often open but usually charge an entrance fee. Others are rarely open to the public, so it’s a real opportunity to have a look at buildings you wouldn’t usually have the chance to see.
They’re looking for people with ‘an interest in or knowledge of architecture, engineering, town planning, or any subject that might be related to the built environment’, who can commit to just one morning or afternoon over the weekend of 22 – 23 September to volunteer as a steward or a guide. Stewards manage the queues, hand out fact sheets and answer practical questions such as queries about opening times. Guides need to do a little more research in order to lead tours and talk about the architecture, function and history of the building. ‘Some training will be provided’.
Top image – Hogarth’s House – photograph John Collins. Three images below, left to right: The Blue Velvet Room, Chiswick House – photograph Richard Bryant; Brentford Canal toll house – photograph Phil Emery; Hanworth Park House – photograph Peter L. Hughes
They are expecting that people will volunteer for buildings near where they live, but if you have a particular interest in another of the buildings on their list you which happens to be on the other side of London they’re happy for you to apply. In west London Chiswick House, Brentford Canal toll house, Hanworth Park House (new to Open House London this year) and Hogarth’s House are among the buildings which will be open. Hogarth’s House is closed until 21 August for renovation, so let’s hope it will be ready in time.
Register your interest by filling in the online form on their website here.
Browse the Open House website to see which buildings will be open across the whole of London.