South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

Stonehenge Neolithic House Volunteer - English Heritage Trust


We are looking for volunteers to bring the Neolithic houses at Stonehenge to life with a combination of explanations and demonstrations for our visitors.


How much time will I be expected to give? There is no minimum commitment, but we hope that you will volunteer regularly. Shifts are either in the morning, afternoon, or the whole day if you prefer. The times are flexible, so if you have other commitments that’s fine. Everyone is invited to a recruitment event and induction training before volunteering can start. These happen every month.


Where will I be based? Stonehenge, Amesbury, Wiltshire SP4 7DE


What will I be doing? There are a variety of tasks you can get involved with so whatever your skills, knowledge or experiences, there is something for everyone.
Tasks include:
• Talking to our visitors to help them understand the stories of the Neolithic people, their history, lifestyles and skills
• Lighting and maintaining fires in the Neolithic houses
• Providing demonstrations to visitors of Neolithic skills and technologies
• Caring for the houses through general building maintenance
• Learning how to flint knap, basket weave and play musical instruments and demonstrating these Neolithic skills to visitors
• Assisting professional demonstrators during the events season


What skills, qualities and experience do I need? This role would suit people who are:
• Friendly and welcoming to our visitors from all over the world
• Flexible and keen to learn
• Excellent communicators
• Work well as part of large team
• Have a desire to share their passion for Stonehenge
• Are happy to work on their feet outdoors.


What will English Heritage expect from me?
• To be the friendly face of English Heritage and deliver excellent customer service
• To be reliable in attendance and dependable
• Help us maintain the highest standards of presentation at our sites and properties
• To wear English Heritage volunteer uniform where provided
• Help us protect our properties and collections by understanding and following our security and safety procedures
• Maintain good working relationships with staff, other volunteers and members of the public
• Attend appropriate training and learn about the work of English Heritage
• Observe organisational policy and procedures
• Safeguard confidential information about English Heritage and let us know about anything relating to your role or the work of English Heritage that you think might be controversial
• Any documentary or other material (including any copyright applying thereto) you are provided with or which is created by you in respect of your volunteering will be the property and copyright of English Heritage (unless otherwise agreed in writing).


What can I expect from English Heritage?
• A welcoming and enjoyable experience
• To be treated fairly and with respect
• Recognition and appreciation for your contribution
• A full induction and training programme with on-going support
• A volunteer pass allowing free entry to English Heritage properties is available on completion of 60 hours and four months of volunteering
• Reimbursement of reasonable travel costs between home and volunteering location within agreed limits
• A certificate for your personal profile to demonstrate work carried out for English Heritage is available on request to show future employers or further education providers
• You will be covered by English Heritage’s own indemnity arrangements in respect of all liabilities that may result from your appointment as a volunteer

You can find out more information at: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/support-us/volunteer/#1/10/Stonehenge. Please register your interest by completing and submitting the online Volunteer Registration Form. If you have any questions, please email volunteer.enquiries@english-heritage.org.uk.

Organisation name: The English Heritage Trust, Stonehenge

Contact name: Susan Martindale

Contact email:

Contact phone number: 01793414752

Contact website: http://https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/support-us/volunteer/#1/10/Stonehenge.

Type: Volunteering

Location: Stonehenge Visitor Centre, Amesbury, Wiltshire. SP47DE

Deadline for completed applications: Sunday 01 December 2019

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