Volunteer opportunities

Events and exhibitions

Meet on first Thursday of the month at 11:00

The events and exhibitions team work under the guidance of our senior volunteers to organise public-facing events and exhibitions here at the Town House.

The team facilitate the hire of our spaces for exhibitions of contemporary art and photography, workshops, book launches and other events. They also organise and present our own exhibitions and events, talks and walks based around our collections and research, together with fundraising events including readings, performances and recitals.

Local history research

Meet on last Thursday of each month at 2:00pm

The research team meet under the guidance of Chris Nichols* to study the history of those who lived in our city in the past.

The team transcribe historical records, such as street directories and census returns, visit local archives, study old documents and research using online resources. The information they gather is made freely available through our websites and is used by our volunteers to make exhibitions, for storytelling and to deliver walks and talks about our city in the past.

* Chris taught History and Humanities in Brighton for over 30 years before taking early retirement. He has been an active volunteer at the Town House for 12 years. 

Kitchen and historic cookery

Meet weekly on Fridays, from 10:00am to 4:00pm

The kitchen team are led by history cook Paul Couchman* to study all thing kitchen and cooking as they relate to the Georgian period.

The team work in our old kitchen in the basement of the Town House, where they research and transcribe historical recipes, cookery books, try out some of the old methods and find ways to transpose these into modern times.

Their aim is to deliver workshops, tours and teaching materials in-person and online, to inform, entertain and to raise money for the restoration of the Town House kitchen.

* Paul the Regency Cook writes, blogs and broadcasts about historic cooking. He loves to pore over long-forgotten recipes and delivers courses where he teaches historic cookery and the history behind the dishes.

Georgian sewing and costume

Meet weekly on Tuesdays, from 10:00am to 2:00pm

The sewing team meet under the guidance of Dean Burke* to study costume and needlework from the 1790s through to the 1830s.

They are involved with workshops and tutorials, repairing existing costumes and making new items for our collection. These will be for exhibition, re-enactments and for visitors to try on and experience the styles of a bygone age.

* Dean is a specialist milliner working in film and theatre. Credits include: Star Wars, Hamilton, Frozen, Phantom, SIX, Victoria and Peterloo, he has also worked with The Royal Ballet and Cosprop.

Painting and restoration

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The painting team help to restore the Town House interiors under the guidance of decorative painter and restorer Karolina London*.

Much of the work involves using scientifically matched paint colours to redecorate walls and ceilings using traditional and decorative techniques. The aim is to recreate the appearance of the house when it was first occupied in the 1820s.

The team comprises some experienced volunteers and others simply keen to help with the preparation, sanding, filling and applying base paints. Every part of the process is important; leaving your marks and bringing the house back to its former glory can be very rewarding.

* Karolina brings skills gained through many years of restoration work in castles, churches and heritage buildings. Here at the Town House she has carried out some of the marbling and woodgraining.

Website content creation

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The website team meet under the guidance of the Town House Administrator, Phil Blume*, with the aim of keeping the Town House web presence up to date.

This may include the following tasks, depending on your ability: making new web pages, writing and editing text, image research and image editing, migrating content from our old site to our new one and creating content for our social media streams.

Please note that very little technical knowledge is required!    

Most of the tasks are creative, rather than technical, while the technical knowledge you may need can be picked up quite easily.

* Phil has been involved in building digital content for museums and galleries since… before the public web!

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There are many other jobs that need doing at the Town House, including bookkeeping, cleaning and a host of other tasks. We are always interested to hear from people who want to help.

email office@rth.org.uk if you would like to join in.