Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Heritage volunteers needed

Ryedale Folk Museum in Hutton-le-Hole is Yorkshire’s leading open air museum. Set in a three and a half acre site in the North York Moors are 19 re-constructed historic buildings from the local area including shops, thatched and timber framed cottages, workshops and an Elizabethan Manor House. The museum covers 400 years of the history of Ryedale with collections of archaeology, costume, photographs, craft, tools and domestic equipment.

Volunteers play a crucial role in the running of this nationally renowned folk museum. Our Volunteer Open Day on April 16th gives potential volunteers the chance to pop in and find out more. We have one session from 11-00am to 12-30pm and another  from 2-00pm to 3-30pm. For an informal chat places can be booked in advance by telephoning the museum 01751 417367. Those who might be interested but cannot come on the day should ring after 16th April and ask to speak to Helen Dean.

The Role of Volunteers
Since 1964 volunteer have been and continued to be involved in every aspect of the work of the museum including exhibitions, events, craft demonstrations, gardening and behind the scenes work such as cataloguing the collections and research. In more recent years volunteers have also been involved in providing hands on experience for school groups.

How much time do I have to commit?
Commit as little or as much as you can offer. Most volunteers do a regular slot of a few hours once a week/fortnight.

Will I be trained?
Yes, training and support is offered.

Volunteering Opportunities
We are currently looking for volunteers to help in the following areas:

Front of house work
School visits
Gardening Maintenance
Conservation/Restoration
Cataloguing the collection
Costume interpretation
Craft demonstrations
Exhibitions and events
Needle Work
Classic farm machinery repair and renovation

If you think that you can help the museum in any ways not listed above please let us know.

What are the benefits of volunteering?
Plenty of opportunities to make new friends and learn new skills
A chance to share your skills with others
Social events and lots of fun!!