Behind the scenes

Pushkin House runs a vibrant cultural programme. Every week we host a range of events, including panel discussions with distinguished authors and thinkers, film screenings, food related events, alongside our regular exhibition openings.

Volunteers help to staff these events, contributing to the smooth running of our much-loved venue in Bloomsbury by welcoming and assisting visitors to the House and gaining front of house experience.

Working with the archive

As the oldest independent Russian cultural centre in the UK, our archive is a big part of our history. Pushkin House was founded in 1954 by a group of Russian émigrés, led by Maria Mikhailovna Kullmann (Zernova). Their aim was to create a welcoming meeting-place with freedom of speech as a core principle.

Volunteers help organise decades of correspondences and ready material for its contemporary use.


A selection of our events are in both English and Russian. We sometimes require the help of talented translators who have some prior experience in translating Russian into English and vice-versa.

This is a great opportunity to meet and translate for some of the most well-regarded contemporary Russian thinkers and artists.

Sign up to become a Pushkin House volunteer

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Who can volunteer at Pushkin House?

Anyone with an interest in the arts, culture and in working with a diverse group of people can be a Pushkin House volunteer. You decide how much time you can give – some of our volunteers help us for a limited period, while others have been with us for years.

Do I need to be or speak Russian to volunteer at Pushkin House?

Not at all. Everyone from everywhere is welcome to volunteer at Pushkin House, as long as you are reliable and can work independently and flexibly.

Will volunteering get me a job at Pushkin House?

Volunteering at Pushkin House does not guarantee you a job. You do, however, get the chance to meet interesting people and really familiarise yourself with our venue and programming. We offer our volunteers networking session at the end of each season, as well as regular bulletins with unique opportunities and invitations.

What else can Pushkin House offer me?

Volunteering with us is ideal for anyone at the start of their careers, looking for experience in an arts institution or from within a professional event environment. This is a great opportunity to gain experience at a politically independent charity.


Volunteering at Pushkin House has really enriched my degree and brought Russian culture to life in London. Being part of different events and exhibitions has not only helped my Russian but enabled me to learn more about Russian film, poetry, art and music. As much as I love studying literature in the library, it is thoroughly rewarding to engage with people who have a mutual passion for Russian culture and share the experience.
— Eleanor Moore, BA Modern Languages (Russian & French) at University College London
I volunteered with the wonderful Pushkin House team for about 2 months and was positively surprised from the very first minutes of my experience, as I felt extremely welcomed and immediately treated as a member of the team. I especially enjoyed working closely with Pushkin House in organising the 101st km Pavilion built to mark the centenary of the Russian revolution. In providing visitors with relevant highlights of the exhibition, I met various people interested in Russian culture and enhanced my own knowledge of Russian poetry. I am very grateful for this unique experience and being a part of such a special event.
— Luysine Vartanyan, MA Curating Contemporary Design at Kingston University
Volunteering at Pushkin House has been a fantastic opportunity to learn more about Russian culture, whilst taking part in some amazing events. The staff there are fun, friendly and make you feel like a valuable member of the team. I thoroughly recommend any Russophile to sign up and get involved.
— Roland Mortimer, BA Economics and Business with East European Studies at University College London
I believe that engaging with a country’s culture through literature, philosophy, language, cuisine, cinema or theatre gives one a deeper and nuanced understanding of its history and politics. As an individual with an academic background in politics and international relations as well as cultural studies, I have come to appreciate - both as a volunteer and spectator - Pushkin House’s efforts at showcasing Russia’s rich and intriguing culture by expanding their range of events and exhibitions over the years and creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for volunteers and visitors alike. Working with staff members and volunteers from all walks of life, I have learnt a lot about teamwork and hospitality by which we have been able to hold many successful events. Volunteering at the Pushkin House has been a great learning experience!
— Jasmit Soni, MA Languages and Cultures of South Asia at SOAS, University of London