Volunteering as a Host or Educator

Volunteering as a Host or Educator

Visitor Information

Opening Hours
10am - 4pm (Daily. Jan & Feb closed Mondays)

Free Car and Coach Parking
Disabled Access
Merlin Café open daily

The Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum
The Airfield
Manston Road
Kent CT12 5DF
[Get Directions]

Tel: 01843 821940
Email: enquiries@spitfiremuseum.org.uk

It’s one thing to visit the Spitfire Museum and see the aircraft with your one eyes, it’s another thing entirely, however, to understand the stories behind why, how and when the aircraft were used. This is where hosts and educators come in.

Essentially volunteer hosts, as the name suggests, welcome and enable visitors to engage more deeply with the museum collection and the history of the Second World War by being available to answer any questions visitors may have whilst, at the same time, not lecturing the public.

Volunteer educators, like hosts, also facilitate interaction between the public and the collection but in particular with a mind towards getting that information across to children, who visit as part of a school trip. Whereas it’s important for hosts to have a solid knowledge of the Second World War, in the educator’s case, it’s more important that they are able to make set concepts and stories accessible to young children via structured educational sessions.

Volunteering as a Host or Educator

As a retired R.A.F. Pilot, I find volunteering as a host at the Museum very rewarding. With the addition of the Spitfire Simulator, I have the opportunity of passing on my flying experiences and military knowledge to those members of the public enjoying all the Museum has to offer. – John, Host & Simulator Instructor.

The roles of both hosts and educators is vital to the museum as, it’s oft quoted that as soon as future generations forget about the Second World War, the Third World War is around the corner...


  • A good (above average) knowledge of the history and events of the Second World War, particularly where they relate to air warfare (both).
  • Open and willing to engage with all sorts of people and ready to answer questions whilst not lecturing the public (host).
  • Flexible and willing to deliver tours of the Museum, this may include evening work (both).
  • Able to work with children and keep to a structured educational session including hands on activities (educator).


  • Military background (host).
  • Educational background (educator).
  • DBS check, or willing to undergo one (educator).

Donations are very gratefully received. Not only because they let us know that we enjoy the support and interest of our visitors but also because, like many charities, we can claim Gift Aid support which could add an additional 20% to our donated income.



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