Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings in Bromsgrove is currently recruiting volunteers who can help bring the past to life to engage and inspire visitors to the museum.  This is a great opportunity for anyone who has a few hours to spare, an interest in history and would like to develop skills and experience in the museum and heritage sectors.  Please contact Julia Morris on volunteer@avoncroft.org.uk for more details.

The Museum has many fascinating stories to tell and Avoncroft is looking for enthusiastic, committed people with a genuine interest in history to join its team of volunteers.  No prior knowledge is required and training will be given, but applicants will need to enjoy dealing with people.

Avoncroft would particularly like to hear from anyone interested in becoming costumed demonstrators or who would be willing to lead guided tours around the Museum.  Speakers who would be able to give talks about Avoncroft to local clubs are also much in demand.

New volunteers will have the chance to work alongside current volunteers and costumed demonstrators.  They will receive preparatory and “on the job” training to help them develop the skills and confidence they need.  As well as talking to the public, costumed volunteers in the buildings will be able to demonstrate how life was lived in times gone by and even demonstrate period cookery with Avoncroft’s historic ovens and ranges if they wish!

The positions are voluntary but travel expenses are offered.  Equipment and supplies for the re-enactments will be provided.

Volunteers Mark and Barbara, who have recently joined the Avoncroft team, say: “We have found the whole museum has a lovely ambiance – a sense of timelessness and a haven from the hustle and bustle of 21st century life. The staff are welcoming, friendly and supportive and a pleasure to work with.  You feel appreciated and valued for all you do and we fit our volunteering in around our other commitments.

“We work together in the Tudor town house and enjoy dressing up in period costume and undertaking some of the daily tasks of Tudor life, including lighting and cooking over an open fire.  We particularly like talking to all the visitors and explaining about life in Tudor times and the history of the house itself.  The visitors come from all over the globe and many are very interesting to chat to.  You are on your feet all day, which can be quite tiring if you are not used to it!”

Museum director, Simon Carter, said: “Avoncroft Museum is a small independent charity and we couldn’t operate without the support of our wonderful volunteers.  Our visitors tell us how much they enjoy talking knowledgeable people and this project gives us a fantastic opportunity to have costumed interpreters in our buildings more often.  We are very grateful for the support we are receiving from Arts Council England to help us to develop our team of volunteers.”

For more information, please contact Julia Morris on volunteer@avoncroft.org.uk or 01527 831363 (Wednesdays and Fridays).