The Courtauld's Volunteer Community
Digitising over one million photographs of art and architecture.
Courtauld Volunteers
About Us
Our Mission:
UPDATE: We have resumed recruitment for new on site volunteers! You can remotely contribute to our fantastic Zooniverse project here: Please note: the library is now only accessible via stairs due to building works.
I would highly recommend volunteering at The Courtauld to other friends as a stepping stone to new chapters whether it's to gain personal confidence or to learn new skills
Muny Morgan, Digitisation Volunteer
Volunteers are involved in every step of digitisation. These tasks are very hands on and volunteers learn new skills as they go. Staff are always on hand to support.
Volunteers are currently:

Re-ordering and labelling items to prepare them for digitisation.

Logging in our database the photographers involved in building our photographic library.

Collecting basic metadata around the archives to allow people who will access our materials for free online to have a more easy, logical and coherent experience. Due to COVID, we now support this task remotely.

Due to COVID, we are very limited in how often we can offer this aspect of the digitisation: digitally capturing and image checking items using our Phase One cameras and Capture One software.

Most volunteers try a bit of everything to decide what tasks they enjoy most. Due to COVID, the emphasis of our tasks has changed to ensure we can involve volunteers safely and meet our deadlines.
COVID update: we have guidance in place to keep up safe on site and we are continuing to support remote volunteering. Contact us with any questions.
We are running two shifts per week day: 10:30am-1pm and 2pm - 4:30pm. We also run evening shifts on alternate Mondays and Wednesdays.

Volunteers may use our tea room or enjoy a break in neighbouring Somerset House or the Strand area.

It's super easy to book a shift through Timecounts and we are happy for you to book on a shift by shift basis in a way that works around your lifestyle.

There's no minimum commitment. We have many volunteers who have attended regularly for over three years but we understand that everyone has different motivations for volunteering and taking part.

We are very happy to reimburse your travel up to £10 a day.

We can't cover lunch expenses, but you are welcome to use our tea room to eat and to store packed lunch.
How You Can Get Involved
Accessibility Statement
On site volunteering
Due to building works, the Conway Library where volunteering takes place is only accessible via multiple sets of stairs. We are pleased to support remote volunteering opportunities, and we are always happy to discuss any physical requirements you may need, contact us at

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