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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Historic Houses Association
The Historic Houses Association (HHA) 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.
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.
Outdoors and indoors, National Trust has hundreds of volunteer roles to choose from at some amazing places.
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.
As a small organisation, SAVE needs volunteers to help with background research for their campaigns and to assist at events.
Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings
The internationally important Flaxmill Maltings in Shrewsbury opened its new visitor centre in 2015 as a result of a successful Stage 1 Historic England and European Regional Development Fund project. The Stage 2 project - funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic England, Shropshire Council and the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings - is due to start 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 attraction and commercial opportunities opening in 2021.
There are opportunities for volunteers to contribute to this exciting project in a number of ways, such as being a tour guide, carrying out research or helping with fundraising.
South Downs National Park
Volunteer with the Secrets of the High Woods project and you can perform a range of tasks to explore this historic wooded landscape – whether you enjoy romping around in the woodlands, delving into archival resources or even helping record living memories of this historic area, you can join the team to discover your heritage.