Get involved at Newstead Abbey
We are always look for friendly individuals to assist our group of friendly and enthusiastic volunteers at Newstead Abbey and opportunities range from meeting and greeting the public, assisting with family friendly events, gardening to conservation of collections. The Newstead volunteers even won the coveted Nottingham City Museums and Galleries top team award for 2015!
Family Friendly Events and Activities Assistant
We are looking for friendly faces to welcome visitors and to encourage them to join in a range of fun free family friendly activities. Role Description here: Newstead Abbey Family Friendly Activities Assistants
Visitor Support Assistant
Volunteers take an active part in providing information and assistance to enhance the visitor’s experience by welcoming visitors, providing information about the history of the site and supervising the contents of each room ensuring their safety. Role Description here: Newstead Abbey Visitor Support Assistant
Working as part of a team, volunteers help our head gardener with the upkeep and development of the 38 acres gardens at Newstead Abbey so that they can be enjoyed by all visitors. Role Description here: Newstead Abbey Gardening Assistant
Museum Care Ambassadors
We need enthusiastic friendly faces to help deliver a series of creative/art inspired workshops in partnership with a number of care settings that support older people. The handling collection, the temporary arts exhibition programme at Nottingham Castle and other cross-site exhibitions at Nottingham Castle, Wollaton Hall and Newstead Abbey can all be used as inspiration for the workshop content. The main aim is to improve the health and well being of the participants through creative practice and enable many older people to enjoy our collections and exhibitions without having to visit our museum sites. Please note this role is based at various community care settings – residential homes, day care centres etc. Role Description here: Museums Care Ambassador
How to Apply....
We require anyone who wishes to volunteer to complete an application form. We regret that due to the number of applications we receive we are not able to accept them all. Our ability to offer a placement, at your preferred area or museum site can be affected by the time of year or the type of projects which may be running at any one time.
An application form can be found here: NCMG application form
All applicants are required to attend a one to one interview with a volunteer coordinator, to learn more about Nottingham Museums, our values, policies, to talk further about the role you have applied to do, and as a chance for you to ask any questions. It is also an opportunity for us to get you know better and ensure you are placed in the role best suited to your skills and interests.
All volunteers will receive an general induction to NCMG and to their specific site or role. Induction is designed as a friendly welcome and introduction to the site and area you will be volunteering at and will provide you with a clear idea of what to expect in your first days and weeks. It will also help you understand how you will be contributing to the museum service.
Twelve months as gardening volunteers at Newstead Abbey
It all started as a result of two articles that appeared in the Nottingham Post in August 2014. The second of the two described a circular walk, based on the village of Linby, which took in a big loop through the grounds of Newstead Abbey. Being keen walkers, my friend Barbara and I set off to do the walk a couple of weeks later.
As we entered the Abbey grounds I was reminded of the first article, about the white peacock hatched from an egg bought on e-bay by Arthur, the young trainee gardener who has since moved on to pastures new. At the end of this article was a short interview with the Head Gardener, Clive, who was calling for more volunteers to help with the maintenance of the Abbey gardens. I mentioned this to Barbara and by the time we reached the Abbey Café we’d more or less decided to join up as volunteers. As luck would have it, Clive was around and was able to give us the necessary forms to fill in there and then!
Looking back over the last twelve months we can honestly say that what started out as a bit of an impulsive reaction to a couple of newspaper articles has developed into a really enjoyable (most of the time) and integral part of the week for us. Our day starts with a trip to the Café for a “cuppa”, followed by a session of gardening, and then a break for lunch in the Café courtyard. Here we meet up with any other garden volunteers “on duty” for a chat and are often joined by Clive, Teri or John, who are always supportive and offer advice about anything we’re unsure of. Then it’s back to the Border for another two or three hours of work before heading for home.
When the weather’s good, there can be no more beautiful place to spend a day’s gardening. There’s no traffic noise, just birdsong, the tinkling of water running into the Eagle Pond, and the fluttering of butterfly wings (yes, it really can be that quiet!). And when the weather turns bad? Well, we just make a dash for the café!
Terry and Barbara