Heritage Volunteers are committed non-specialist volunteers who work under the guidance of curators and other professionals to help conserve our heritage in museums, National Trust properties, historic houses, libraries and gardens. They give their time to care for collections, record documents and act as guides and stewards.

Bury St Edmunds Guildhall

The restoration, with Lottery funding, of the Guildhall in Bury St Edmunds, provides a range of opportunities for volunteers. The building dates from 1214 and is the oldest complete civic building in England. As a remarkable quirk of its long history, it happens to accommodate the only complete WW II RAF operations room of its type, left in the UK!

The ‘new’ Guildhall provides a “travel through time” experience for visitors, and will host activities, events, workshops and exhibitions that tell, in imaginative and interesting ways, the story of Bury St. Edmunds. Volunteers are essential to the success of this high profile programme and several from our Society were recruited in readiness for the opening in Summer 2018. There is always a need for more volunteers, and a range of interesting opportunities on offer, involving Interpretation, Welcome, Costume, Learning, Garden and, of course, Behind the Scenes!

To go to the welcome page of the website, click here.

To go to the volunteering section, click here

Picture: The Guildhall, Bury St Edmunds

National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art

Palace House is the hub of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art, which opened in September 2016. Situated in the remains of Charles II’s sporting palace and stables, in the heart of Newmarket, it comprises three complementary attractions; the National Horseracing Museum, a National Art Gallery of British Sporting Art, with a collection ‘as fine as one would find in any gallery worldwide’, and The Rothschild Yard. The yard, built in 1903 and now restored, is dedicated to the retraining of racehorses for ‘a life after racing’.

Volunteering at Palace House

A number of our Society members act as volunteers in this venue, Training is given, to match people to tasks, taking account of their skills and interests, and helping them to get more satisfaction from the activity. Volunteer roles can be regular, short-term or occasional depending on how much time can be spared.

Are you looking to get out and about over the winter?

For their special exhibition King George IV: Royalty, Racing and Reputation, Palace House is looking for Volunteer Hosts to welcome visitors. The exhibition runs from 28 November 2019 to 19 April 2020 and explores George’s legacy not only as a great patron and collector of art, but also as a prominent and, at times controversial, patron of horseracing. All but one of the forty-two artworks featured – including portraiture, comical etchings and historic trophies – will be lent by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection. Palace House is uniquely placed to host this exhibition, as it was originally founded by King Charles II in the 1660s as a royal base for his horseracing activities.

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There is much more information about Palace House - which includes ‘A Guide to Volunteering’- on their website.
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Interested in becoming a volunteer?

For members of The Arts Society Bury St Edmunds, interested in becoming a volunteer, contact Jayne Tracey, her contact details are on The Arts Society Bury St Edmunds programme card.

For a copy of The Arts Society leaflet on Heritage Volunteering, click here