Volunteer Darby Houses Guide, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust

Aim of the role

This is a key role in providing a warm welcome and high-quality experience for all visitors to the Darby Houses. Guides are essential in helping visitors to engage with the story of the houses and the Darby family in a relaxed and informal way and supporting them if they wish to learn more and explore the houses and collections at a deeper level.

Location

Based at the Darby Houses and volunteering in a flexible manner as required, in both Dale House and Rosehill to provide sufficient cover at each house.

Expectations

Experience

A passion and enthusiasm for history, with either formal qualifications and/or relevant experience or a willingness to learn. Educational, teaching skills, heritage volunteering experience would be an advantage.

Commitment expected

The Houses will be open from 25 July – 11 September. 1 x Full day 9:45am – 5:15pm per month or 2 x ½ days per month either 9:45am – 1:00pm or 12:45pm – 5:15pm.

Training

All volunteers will be offered an induction and training session covering the history of the houses including the Darby family and the objects on display. Training will also be given on engaging with visitors. Other information and reading material will also be made available to support volunteers in developing their knowledge of the houses.

Main Contact

Senior Curator

Volunteer House Room Steward, Weston Park

Role Title:  Volunteer  House Room Steward

Reporting to:  Gallery & Learning Coordinator and Security Supervisor

Accountable to: Curator & Head of Learning and Chief Executive.

 

Weston was the ancestral home to the Earls of Bradford and contains internationally important collections of art and antiques, which reflect the collecting passions of the Newport and Bridgeman families.

Volunteer Room Stewards play a very important role within the 17th Century House, ensuring that visitors to the house have an informative and enjoyable day.

Volunteer Room Stewards are required to provide information to visitors, this can be within a particular room or between a number of rooms which the room steward walks between, making sure the collection is preserved and looked after for future generations.

 

Purpose of Role:

 

Main Responsibilities:

 

Days and Hours of involvement:

The House is open Sunday to Tuesday during the open season over Easter and school summer holidays. Hours of duty are 12:45 until 5pm. Additional tour duties may arise during the rest of the year.

 

Volunteer Specification:

 

Length of your commitment to us:

The length of positions varies according to the circumstances of each person.

Weston Park’s House and Gardens are open seasonally between Whitsun and September.

 

Volunteer House Tour Guide, Weston Park

Role Title:   Volunteer House Tour Guide

Reporting to:  Curatorial & Learning Administrator and Security Supervisor

Accountable to: Curator & Head of Learning and Chief Executive

 

Weston was the ancestral home to the Earls of Bradford and contains internationally important collections of art and antiques, which reflect the collecting passions of the Newport and Bridgeman families.

Volunteer Guides play an important role within the 17th Century House, ensuring that visitors to the have an informative and enjoyable day. Many groups, including families, children, coach parties and corporate groups visit the House during the open season during Easter and the summer holidays.

Volunteer Tours Guides are required to give visitors guided tours around the main ground floor rooms of the House, providing information about the collection and history of the family.

 

Purpose of Role:

 

Main Responsibilities:

 

Days and Hours of involvement:

The House is open Sunday to Tuesday during the open season during Easter and school summer holidays. Hours of duty are 12:45 until 5pm. Additional tour duties may arise during the rest of the year.

 

Volunteer Specification:

 

Length of your commitment to us:

The length of positions varies according to the circumstances of each person.

Weston Park’s House and Gardens are open seasonally between Whitsun and September. The Granary Art Gallery is open all year.

 

 

 

Volunteer House Follow Guide, Weston Park

Role Title:   Volunteer House Follow Guide

Reporting to:  Curatorial & Learning Administrator and Security Supervisor

Accountable to: Curator & Head of Learning and Chief Executive.

 

Weston was the ancestral home to the Earls of Bradford and contains internationally important collections of art and antiques, which reflect the collecting passions of the Newport and Bridgeman families.

All Volunteer House Guides play an important role within the 17th Century House, ensuring that visitors to the have an informative and enjoyable day. Many groups, including families, children, coach parties and corporate groups visit the House during the open season during Easter and School summer holidays and other dates in the year.

Volunteer Follow Guides are required to support House Tour Guides, guiding tour groups around each of the main ground floor rooms in the House in order to make sure the narrative of each room can be delivered to all members of the group by the House Tour Guide. Follow Guides are also required to make sure the collection is preserved and looked after for future generations.

 

Purpose of Role:

 

Main Responsibilities:

 

Days and Hours of involvement:

The House is open Sunday to Tuesday during the open season which runs during Easter and the summer school holidays between. Hours of duty are 12:45 until 5pm. Additional duties may arise during the rest of the year.

 

Volunteer Specification:

 

Length of your commitment to us:

The length of positions varies according to the circumstances of each person.

Weston Park’s House and Gardens are open seasonally between Whitsun and September. The Granary Art Gallery is open all year.

 

 

 

Volunteer MODES Collection Inventory Assistant, Weston Park

Role Title:    Volunteer MODES Collection Inventory Assistant

Reporting to:  Curator & Head of Learning

Accountable to: Curator & Head of Learning and Chief Executive

 

The Weston Park Foundation is an independent charitable trust with learning and conservation objectives, dedicated to Weston Park, its park and gardens of 1000 acres and the indigenous internationally important collections of fine and decorative art. In addition, the property also has the Granary Art Gallery a free-access contemporary art space that offers monthly changing exhibitions year round.

 

Project Description:

Weston Park’s inventory of over 30,000 objects is stored on MODES (Museum Object Data Entry System) Complete, a digital database. Around 600 museums, galleries and other organisations throughout the UK use MODES to manage their collection information. Weston Park’s records require continual checking to ensure that data is in the correct fields and that complete records of provenance (where known) are given, especially where the fine art collection is concerned. It is an essential and vital part of the way that they manage the important collection.

The MODES Collection Inventory Assistant will work as a part of the Curatorial & Learning Team reporting to the Curator & Head of Learning and to the Administrator. They will be based in the Curatorial & Learning Department and in the House.

 

Purpose of Role:

 

Main Responsibilities:

 

Person Specification:

Skills and attributes sought for this role include:

 

An induction into Weston Park’s working practices and the work of the department will be given. They will also give on-the-job training for each aspect of the role, including the use of the MODES database and also cataloguing style.

 

Days and Hours of duty:

They request a minimum of half a day per week, and an ongoing commitment to the project. Dates and times of duties can be arranged to suit the individual.

Volunteer Conservation Assistant, Weston Park

Role Title:    Volunteer Conservation Assistant

Reporting to:  Curator & Head of Learning, Conservation Housekeeper

Accountable to: Curator & Head of Learning and Chief Executive.

 

Weston Park attracts around 25,000 visitors during the open season which includes families, children, coach parties and corporate groups. These visitors come see the 17th century House, Park & Gardens, Temple Wood, Adventure Playground, Granary Farm Shop, Art Gallery, Restaurant and other specific on-site events.  The Weston Park Foundation which owns the property is a registered charity and conservation and learning are core purposes of it.

Volunteer Conservation Assistants are required to work alongside the Conservation Housekeeper to help with specific conservation projects along with general day-to-day collections management activities, usually within the House.

 

Purpose of Role:

 

Main Responsibilities:

 

Person Specification:

 

Days and Hours of duty:

Duties start at 9:00am or 10:00am between Tuesday and Thursday (inc.) Length of duties are negotiable with th

Volunteer Gardener, Weston Park

Role Title: Volunteer Gardener – Walled Gardens

Reporting to: Head Gardener, Gardening Assistants

Accountable to: Head Gardener and Chief Executive

 

Weston Park attracts around 25,000 visitors during the open season between May and September which includes families, children, coach parties and corporate groups. These visitors come see the 17th century House, Park & Gardens, Temple Wood, Adventure Playground, Art Gallery, Granary Grill & Deli and other specific on-site events.

Volunteer Gardeners are required to work alongside the Head Gardener to help with specific major gardening development projects along with general maintenance of the park and gardens.

The team is currently keen to have assistance in the development of the walled garden, where vegetables and herbs are grown for use in the House and Brasserie Restaurant, and where they are looking to develop a new educational offer for school visits.

 

Purpose of Role:

 

Main Responsibilities:

 

Person Specification:

 

Days and Hours of duty:

Length of duties are negotiable with the Head

Volunteer Education Assistant, Weston Park

Role Title: Volunteer Education Assistant

Reporting to: Educating Kids Outdoors (EKO)

Accountable to: Curator & Head of Learning and Chief Executive

 

Purpose of Role:

Volunteer Education Assistants play a vital role in supporting the activities of the Learning Department at Weston Park. Around 7000 school children aged between 4 and 11 visit Weston every year to take part in indoor and outdoor curricular based activities delivered by Educating Kids Outdoors.  Education Assistants are required to participate in day activities with school groups, working alongside Education Leaders.

Education Assistants are based within the activity rooms at Weston Park for indoor activities and are based around the Park and Gardens for outdoor activities.

 

Main Responsibilities:

 

Volunteer Specification

Skills and interests needed

 

Desirable knowledge

 

Hours of involvement

School group activities run Monday to Friday both in term time and during holidays.

 

Requested hours of service:

We request a minimum of ten sessions per season. This can include help with schools, gardens, wildlife walks, conservation work, House duties and any administrative help (when requested).

 

Length of your commitment to us

The length of positions varies according to the circumstances of each person.

 

Volunteer Art Gallery Assistant, Weston Park

Role Title:   Volunteer Art Gallery Assistant

Reporting to:  Curatorial & Learning Administrator and Security Supervisor

Accountable to: Curator & Head of Learning and Chief Executive.

 

Purpose of Role:

Weston Park’s Granary Art Gallery opened in 2009 following the conversion of the 18th Century Granary building with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This beautiful new space features monthly selling art exhibitions from contemporary artists around the country, as well as displaying a handful of historic paintings on loan to Weston Park from private collections. The Art Gallery plays an important role in supporting the charitable aims of the organisation, as all commission received from sold works goes towards providing materials for more than 6000 school children who visit Weston Park every year. Weston Park are looking for Volunteers to work within the Gallery, to assist visitors and sell works.

 

Main Responsibilities:

 

Volunteer Specification:

Skills and interests needed

 

Desirable skills and interests

 

Hours of involvement

The Gallery is open seven days a week. Duties are split into two sessions every day; 10:45 until 1:30 and 1:30 until 4pm. The amount of duties and days when a volunteer would like to work is flexible.

Visitor Experience Volunteer, Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

Visitor Experience Volunteers provide a warm and friendly welcome to visitors at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery (SM&AG). They offer directions around the museum building, share their knowledge of the collections and exhibitions and help to ensure everyone who visits SM&AG has a wonderful experience.

SM&AG is open Monday to Sunday (March – October) and volunteering takes place in two shifts 9.45am – 1.30pm and 1.15pm – 5.00pm.

If you are friendly, would like to work as part of a team and would enjoy helping people to have a lovely visit to the museum then this could be the volunteer role for you.

You will receive ongoing support from Shropshire Museums Volunteering Officer and other staff and volunteers during your volunteering, access to training and resources as required and an induction to welcome you to the team and get you ready to start volunteering.