The Arts Society Heritage Volunteers help to conserve our heritage by working with a variety of different museums, libraries, historic houses and gardens, large and small. Volunteers contribute in non-specialist but vital ways by caring for collections, recording documents, guiding and stewarding, helping to maintain accessibility for all. Appropriate training is given by professionals.

The South Suffolk group have recently set up a team of volunteers and are currently working at the Little Hall in Lavenham.  

Sheila Woodward, Heritage Volunteer Co-ordinator, will be glad to hear from you if you are interested in working in local museums, archives, gardens or historic houses. Heritage Volunteers work closely with curators and managers and become involved with:

  • on-site conservation of books, manuscripts, archives and maps
  • cataloguing documents and archival listing
  • conservation of arms and armour, medals and military silver
  • preventative conservation of textiles, replica work and creation of period costumes.

Sheila is drawing up a list of people who might wish to become involved in any way.   The people on the list will be among the first to receive news of new projects which she is exploring, and they will have the opportunity to say whether or not they wish to participate. Previous experience is not essential and training is available where required.

 Further details from Sheila Woodward

Heritage Volunteer Co-ordinator