Heritage Volunteering Group


Who are we?

Recently a group of professionals who are passionate about volunteering in the Heritage sector have started to meet and discuss Heritage Volunteering. We got together because we wanted to start taking action to move the sector forward strategically. The discussions were so interesting and the networking was so valuable that we decided to see if we could create a sustainable way of doing this.

It started with Matt from the Science Museum Group, Danielle from Imperial War Museums, Richard from Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and Alex from Birmingham Museum Trust, but now there are people from all over the UK around the table and working out how to best champion and support heritage volunteering. Some of the involved organisations now include; NCVO, National Trust, Heritage Railway Association, HLF, English Heritage and Museum Wales. We’re not saying we’re the experts – it just happens that we all got talking and realised we could work together to achieve something big.

The Heritage Volunteering Group seeks to support and champion volunteering best practice across the heritage sector. We will seek to support all heritage sites, from natural to built environment, and ranging from National, regional and independent sites to fully volunteer led organisations.

You can find out more about the group by clicking here and if that sparks your interest then find out more about how you can get involved here!

We are currently looking for new members of our steering group so if you have some time to give and would like to play an active role in the development of The Heritage Volunteering Group then take a look at the above documents for more information. You’ll need to contact us by 12th October 2015 to get involved at this stage.

What are we trying to do?

We’ve been chatting to our followers on twitter, having discussions at various regional meetings and engaging as many people as possible about what the sector needs. As a result we’re now trying to create a network of regional meetings across the UK that will get people in the sector talking to each other – reducing the isolation felt by many, but also in order to create a UK wide network that can feed into an annual national meeting.

We want to have all regions represented so that we can have valuable sector wide discussions resulting in action. We’re trying to pull together enthusiastic people to look at bigger strategic goals, so we can tackle things like:

-Evaluating the impact of volunteering on participants’ wellbeing
-Hosting a bank of free online resources that everyone can access; signposting best practice toolkits but also new research papers and useful news stories
-Supporting Universities to incorporate basic volunteer management training into relevant degrees
-Building an evidence bank so that we rely less on organisationally specific data, anecdotal feedback and outdated research

Do you run or belong to a current heritage volunteers’ regional network or forum that might be interested in working with us?

Please email us via: heritagevolunteeringgroup@gmail.com

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