The friends play a vital role in welcoming visitors to the house, sharing their enthusiasm and knowledge with visitors to enhance appreciation of the civic history of the house, the Lord Mayors and the collections.

As a Friend you could be involved in assisting the opening of the house, leading guided tours, assisting in education workshops and researching different aspects of the histories of the house, its collections and the people who lived and worked here.

Training is provided to support you in your chosen role and you will also receive a quarterly newsletter, including the latest news, historical articles and information about the social events throughout the year .  

Come along enjoy the atmosphere of York Mansion House make new friends and have fun!

Ways to Volunteer

There are a variety of ways you can support the Mansion House.


House Guides

As a Volunteer House Guide you will assist visitors to understand the history of the house and lead guided tours. You will have a passion for sharing the civic heritage and history of the house, but there will also be opportunities for training and research in specific areas.

Front of House

You will facilitate the opening of York Mansion House for the public. You will assist the House Stewards in welcoming visitors to the house and general Front of House and Retail duties. Front of House Volunteers will also work on seasonal ticketed events.


Volunteer Demonstrators facilitate the daily working of the 18th century kitchen range and demonstrate simple Georgian recipes for the general public. You may also be expected to wear 18th century costumes and participate in “Talking Portraits” activities in the State Room.

Research & Interpretation

Research Volunteers will assist with researching the stories of former Lord Mayors and those who lived and worked in the house as well as the provenance and individual histories of the collections, and cataloguing the collections. Volunteers will also have opportunities to contribute to the interpretation of the Mansion House for the general visitors through the publication of on-line or off-line texts and/or exhibitions incorporating their research.


To join us

To join the Friends of York Mansion House email