People wearing life jackets and high viz waistcoats next to a lock with a canal boat in the foreground with a dog sitting on the roof
Volunteers from the Canal & River Trust making repairs to Caen Hill Locks, Devizes Wiltshire © Historic England DP166088
Volunteers from the Canal & River Trust making repairs to Caen Hill Locks, Devizes Wiltshire © Historic England DP166088

Volunteer with Other Heritage Organisations

From historic parks and houses to canals, churches and industrial sites, all offer unique opportunities to volunteer in incredible historic places and to make a real difference.

Canal & River Trust

Whether you want to help wildlife, learn more about canal heritage, meet new people or gain work experience through an office-based role, the Canal & River Trust are likely to have something right up your street.

Volunteering opportunities with the Canal & River Trust

Churches Conservation Trust

As one of over 1,000 individuals who volunteer with the Churches Conservation Trust, you would be working with others to create a professional and friendly environment for visitors, caring for their churches and using them for the benefit of the local community.

Volunteer with the Churches Conservation Trust

Cromford Mills

Cromford Mills is looking for enthusiastic individuals to help in the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site Gateway, which provides opportunities to discover more about the heritage of this remarkable valley that changed the world. Volunteers will also direct visitors to key locations within Cromford and the wider World Heritage Site.

Volunteer at Cromford Mills

English Heritage

Every day, hundreds of people up and down the country help English Heritage to tell the story of England. Whether it's helping to plant bulbs in formal gardens, running craft workshops for families or answering questions from curious visitors, there are a huge range of volunteering roles available.

Volunteer with English Heritage

Friends of Friendless Churches

As a small, almost wholly voluntary body, the Friends of Friendless Churches rely extensively on kind local people to act as their eyes and ears. Some have organised themselves into groups of 'local friends' - fundraising for repairs and using the church for occasional events, such as meetings or concerts.

Volunteer with Friends of Friendless Churches

The Gardens Trust and County Gardens Trusts

Are you are interested in garden history, and championing the historic parks and gardens in your area? The national Gardens Trust and your local County Gardens Trust would welcome support and help in researching and recording sites, and running events and activities.
Volunteer with The Gardens Trust and County Gardens Trusts

Heritage Open Days

The annual Heritage Open Days couldn't happen without the commitment and enthusiasm of local volunteers. There are many different ways that people can help, from leading tours and greeting visitors to distributing leaflets and researching the history of a place.

Volunteer for Heritage Open Days

Historic Houses

Historic Houses (HH) represents 1,600 of the UK's privately and charitably owned historic houses, castles and gardens, such as Chatsworth in Derbyshire and Lulworth Castle in Dorset. Opportunities to volunteer at some of these outstanding properties include roles such as room stewards, tour guides or helping with social media.

Volunteer with members of Historic Houses

Open House London

Open House London is the capital's largest annual festival of architecture and design. As a volunteer, you can help during the event itself as a guide or steward or by supporting their education programmes. But there are also longer term volunteering opportunities at their offices.

Volunteer for Open House London

National Trust

Outdoors and indoors, National Trust has hundreds of volunteer roles to choose from at some amazing places.

Volunteer with the National Trust

Open Garden Squares Weekend

Around 200 London gardens open their gates to the public each year as part of Open Garden Squares Weekend. To help run this very popular event they need hundreds of volunteers at garden gates to welcome visitors, sell tickets and answer questions.

Volunteer for Open Garden Squares Weekend


As a small organisation, SAVE needs volunteers to help with background research for their campaigns and to assist at events.

Volunteer with SAVE

Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

The internationally important Flaxmill Maltings in Shrewsbury opened its original visitor centre in 2015 (currently closed) as a result of a successful Stage 1 Historic England and European Regional Development Fund project.

The Stage 2 project - funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England, Shropshire Council and the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings - started on-site in summer 2017. This will focus on the Main Mill, the world's first iron-framed building, and Kiln, with the aim of creating a larger visitor experience and commercial opportunities opening in 2022.

Volunteer at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

South Downs National Park

The South Downs National Park depend on the hundreds of wonderful people who give up their spare time to carry out volunteer activities in the South Downs. These volunteers make an enormous contribution to conserving and enhancing the South Downs as well as enabling better access and supporting work in local communities.

Volunteer with South Downs Volunteer Ranger Service

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