Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for dynamic people who share a love of live music and the arts, and are happy to give up their time to help support a local charity.

Volunteers are given an opportunity to be a part of the development of the Portsmouth Cultural Trust. Being part of the Portsmouth Cultural Trust team is a great opportunity to expand your experience, meet new people and be part of the Portsmouth Guildhall’s exciting future.

If you would like to register your interest in becoming a Portsmouth Guildhall volunteer please email charlotte.stamp@portsmouthguildhall.org.uk

Current Opportunities

We are looking for volunteers to help with the running of our fantastic gallery, The Portsmouth Music Experience.

The permanent Portsmouth Music Experience Exhibition at Portsmouth Guildhall celebrates the city’s rich music heritage from the 1950s to the present. Over the years many excellent local and visiting musicians have played at city venues such as the Savoy, Kimbell’s, the Rendezvous, the Tricorn, the South Parade Pier, the Birdcage and the Guildhall, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, Beach Boys and Led Zeppelin etc.

The displays of music memorabilia, include photographs, posters, musical instruments, the Birdcage jukebox, a fully restored 1965 TV175 Lambretta and people’s memories of the Who’s film Tommy being made in Portsmouth in 1974. Another popular exhibit is From Landport to Live Aid, the Spike Edney story. A local musician, Spike began his music career in Portsmouth with the band Smiling Hard, then joined Queen as their musical director and keyboard player, and continues to be. Spike also has his own SAS (Spike’s All Stars) band with whom many top national musicians make guest appearances. The PME also has a working 8/16 digital, 8 track analogue recording studio and control room and a large purpose built display space housing the latest exhibition at the Portsmouth Music Experience.

With the opening of the Isle of Wight Festival Exhibition, 1968, 1969, 1970, on September 22nd we will be looking for volunteers to help with the ticketing of the exhibition space.

If you have an interest in helping a local charity, as well as a keen enthusiasm for the music industry, we want you!

Having recently moved from London, I was looking for a way to get more involved in the local community, with particular interest in working with young people in the area. Having a keen interest in music and the arts and having seen the inovative, postive community projects Portsmouth Guildhall were involved in producing, I felt it would be the perfect place for me to offer my extensive organisation and communication skills to assist the wonderful work that was evolving in the Learning and Development department. I was incredibly impressed by the amount of varied workshops, educational days and in-house exhibitions being planned and executed for young people, the over 55's and those with special needs, so I was confident that there would be scope for me get involved in a broad capacity; whether it be in a hands-on role on the day of a workshop or event, engaging directly with participants or assisting with research for funding applications for future projects. The experience I have gained has been invaulable and I've also had a lot of fun! Seeing the excitement on the faces of schoolchildren at a special daytime gig organised especially for them, the friendship I saw evolving within the over-55's weekly singing group and the intent and creativity of the young people who were involved in the creation of the recent Punk exhibition was truly inspiring. I have learned so much about working within a major arts venue, not just in the Learning and Development department but within the team as a whole. I was made to feel like a valuable member of the organisation and I look forward to continuing my engagement with Portsmouth Guildhall in the future.

Desney Ryan - Learning and Participation Volunteer

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