South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

Volunteer - St Mary Redcliffe and Bristol Cultural Development Partnership

Bristol Festival of Ideas is looking for volunteers to take part in this exciting citywide festival to celebrate the life and work of 'Bristol's boy poet', Thomas Chatterton.

2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the death of Bristol-born poet Thomas Chatterton, one of the most famous literary figures of the 18th and 19th centuries. St Mary Redcliffe Church provided the primary inspiration for Thomas Chatterton, but the Chatterton Room, where the young poet found inspiration, is currently inaccessible to the public. The room will be opened to the public as part of this year's Festival of Ideas, so that many visitors can experience the place that shaped Chatterton’s poetic imagination. We are looking for volunteers to play a central role in helping people engage with, enjoy and be inspired by St Mary Redcliffe and the life of Thomas Chatterton. Could you offer as few as two hours per week to play an important part in bringing the story of Thomas Chatterton to life? You will need to be 18+ and the type of person who enjoys meeting and engaging with people. You might have or wish to develop an interest in history, a career in culture, heritage and the arts, or perhaps want to play a part in your local community.

The kind of activities you may be involved in include:
  • Welcoming the public and engaging them in the stories of Thomas Chatterton and St Mary Redcliffe
  • Leading small groups on guided tours
  • Managing groups and ensuring they safely enjoy their visit
  • Talking to visitors about the Festival of Ideas
  • Recording numbers of visitors
  • Reporting any serious issues, concerns, accidents and emergencies promptly
  • Taking part in training sessions.

To apply, please visit our website: Or contact Rhys Williams for the full role description and an application form:

Organisation name: St Mary Redcliffe and Bristol Cultural Development Partnership

Contact name: Rhys Williams

Contact email:

Contact phone number: 01172310060

Contact website:

Type: Volunteering

Location: Bristol city centre

Deadline for completed applications: Monday 02 March 2020

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