Newstead Abbey needs your help

NMAC11-1376-15'Newstead Abbey feature.

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HISTORY lovers and people who want to boost their skills or make new friends are being invited to take advantage of volunteering opportunities at Newstead Abbey.

To celebrate the European Year of Volunteering, Nottingham City Council, which is responsible for Newstead Abbey, wants to hear from anyone who wants to work in a museum or gallery, either with members of the public or behind the scenes.

Some of the roles include helping with family learning activities, working at events, or handling collections.

Volunteer Emma Lowton, who works at Nottingham Castle, said: “For me, volunteering with the Museum Service is a great way to enjoy Nottingham’s unique heritage and share that enjoyment with others.

“I love seeing families enjoying their visit to the Castle.

“And knowing that I’ve contributed to that is extremely rewarding.”

Coun David Trimble, who is portfolio holder for leisure, culture and tourism, added: “Nottingham City Council values the fantastic work done by volunteers.

“The museums’ volunteering programme offers an excellent opportunity to introduce many people to what Nottingham has to offer and to enable them to develop lifelong skills.”

Training for volunteers, along with reasonable travel expenses will be provided - and there are also opportunities to work at other historic sites such as Nottingham Castle, Brewhouse Yard, Green’s Windmill and Wollaton Hall.

The council wants to hear from all sectors of the community and no experience is necessary, although enthusiasm is essential.

The council is holding two induction days for volunteers on 16th and 17th July at Wollaton Hall in Nottingham and it will be a chance for potential volunteers to find out about specific roles.

Booking is essential and anyone interested should contact Volunteer Programme Co-ordinator Jenna Stevens on (0115) 876 2205.

For more details on volunteering and how to apply, contact Jenna on the number above or email Jenna.Stevens@nottinghamcity.gov.uk.