Events & Activities

Now Recruiting Volunteers for Pop-Up Whitehall!

Pop-UpWe are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are excited to get involved with the community through heritage!

Pop-Up Volunteers must acquire a sound knowledge of Whitehall, a Grade II* listed 16th century building in Cheam, and its Heritage Lottery Funded project and communicate this to members of the public in a variety of ways (training and support will be provided).

A desire and dedication to engage the public with heritage is essential and experience in community outreach and public engagement is desirable.

About Whitehall:

Built around 1500, Whitehall is a listed building at the centre of Cheam’s community.  It was in private ownership until the London Borough of Sutton and Cheam bought it in 1963 and it opened to the public as an historic house and museum in 1978.  Today Whitehall is supported by an active Friends group and we welcome thousands of visitors through our doors each year.  Since April 2016 we have been closed for a major refurbishment and renovation project and will reopen in the summer of 2017 with new displays and a new public programme.

For more information about Whitehall and our HLF project please see the following websites:

 What is Pop-Up Whitehall?

whitehall2 (2)The Pop-Up Whitehall will be a new way to experience Whitehall and learn about heritage while the building itself is closed for refurbishment.  It will be a portable, interactive and accessible experience, serving two main purposes:

  1. To maintain and develop new relationships with existing and new groups in the community
  1. To act as a central tool in Whitehall’s on-going community outreach and engagement

 Overall Purpose of Job:

Volunteers will serve as advocates and community ambassadors on behalf of Whitehall, the HLF Project, and Heritage across the London Borough of Sutton by working as part of a team of volunteers to deliver the Pop-Up Whitehall at local venues, such as libraries, shops, community halls and fairs.


Specific tasks will vary with the requirements of each venue and the duration of the event but may include:

  • Front of House/Visitor Engagement
  • Development, preparation and delivery of the Pop-Up Activity Programme i.e. crafts, object handling, games, story times, face painting, arts etc.
  • Event photography
  • Sales and cash handling
  • Craft development, preparation and delivery
  • General maintenance of the stall
  • Manual handling: putting up and taking down Pop-Up equipment, possibly including a gazebo (training will be provided)
  • Baking cakes and treats for sale at the Pop-Up

Please note: if you are able to contribute to some but not all of these tasks please provide information on your application form – it may not be necessary for volunteers to be able to do all of the tasks listed above.


At fairs, events and community venues in and around postcode SM3 8QD


We are looking for volunteers who can commit a minimum of 3-4 hours per month, though more is preferable.  Hours will vary with each event or activity.

Volunteers will be needed largely for weekends, holiday periods, and mid-week daytime events/activities.


  • Training and support will be provided in-house as the role requires.
  • Volunteers will gain experience in customer service, social and heritage engagement, front-of-house, and more.
  • References can be provided for volunteers who commit to 3 months work.

To apply:

Please send a completed volunteer application form (available below) via email to or in the post addressed to The Curator, Whitehall Historic House c/o Cheam Library, Church Road, Cheam, Surrey SM3 8QH

Downloadable Form: VolunteerApplicationForm_WhitehallHistoricHouse_2016

Deadline for applications 31st July 2016



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