Volunteer at Sudeley CastleIn 2012 we initiated our first volunteer programme which was so successful we are now recruiting volunteers again for the 2014 season.
is necessary, just a keen interest in Sudeley Castle, the ability to enhance
the visitor experience by being welcoming and being able to support the Staff
team as and when required.
for volunteers are varied and include helping in the exhibition rooms, on
tours, in the Visitor Centre and gardens with various duties and tasks as well
as helping at our special events throughout the season.
Person Specification of Volunteers:
- Friendly, outgoing & approachable.
- Enjoys meeting people.
- Visitor attentive.
- Health and safety aware.
- Smartly dressed and presentable.
- Flexible in working hours and conditions.
- Enjoys working outdoors as well as indoors.
- An interest in historic properties and/or the
leisure and tourism industry.
- A Family Season Pass.*
- Travel Expenses (up to £5 per day).
- Discount in the Coffee Shop.
- Full training before and during the season.
* Received after 40 hour probationary period.
Hours of Volunteering:
- Opening hours are 10:30am-5pm, 7 days a week, from Monday 17th March until Sunday 2nd November 2014.
- We ask that volunteers offer a minimum of 2-half days or 1 whole day each week during the season to ensure consistency and to enable you to develop and feel part of the team. We would like you to attend more days each week if possible.
- There will be a weekly rota to which you can select the days and times which suit you.
- There is a 40 hour probationary period.
- Training will be given as required.
Enter your details via the ‘Contact Us’ page on the website, selecting ‘Volunteering’ from the tick list. You will then be sent the Volunteers Application Form to complete and return. Alternatively, contact the Estate Office on 01242 602308 or firstname.lastname@example.org and request a Volunteers Application Pack.
Although these are volunteer positions, a formal selection process is in place. If there are no vacancies at the time you apply, your application will be kept on a waiting list.
Some of the Volunteers in 2013
“I began volunteering at Sudeley Castle at the beginning of the 2012 season, when the castle was going to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Katherine Parr’s birth. Since I have begun volunteering at Sudeley Castle I have met some amazing people, as well as been given the opportunity to partake in many unique and exciting events. The guides, stewards and other members of staff have always been very friendly and supportive, and communicating with the visiting public is always extremely rewarding and builds up confidence. Volunteering in such a beautiful historical setting like Sudeley Castle has also greatly improved my knowledge of the castle’s history, as well as English history in general. It is a brilliant place to volunteer if you have an interest in history which you can share and develop, especially with the castle’s strong connections with the Tudor period. The picturesque church and gardens also provides a lovely atmosphere to work in, overall making volunteering at Sudeley Castle a fantastic experience!”
“I was first introduced to Sudeley Castle by my teenage daughter, Leigh who has a very keen interest in history, in particular the Tudor period. I didn’t know quite what to expect as having very little knowledge of English history, I felt that my main function was that of Leigh’s taxi driver … but how quickly this feeling changed!! Within a very short while I fell in love with the beautifully picturesque castle ruins, made some lovely new friends in my fellow colleagues and built up enough knowledge about Sudeley’s history to talk confidently to the visitors. I absolutely love it!! In addition some really exciting opportunities have come our way as we have been lucky enough to assist when Michael Hirst, Alison Weir, David Starkey and HRH Duchess of Cornwall visited the castle. We also had lots of fun with the BBC crew and cast members when they were filming Father Brown. All in all it’s made for a very unique summer and now the end of the season is approaching, I really hope that we will have the opportunity to return again in 2013.”
"Volunteering at Sudeley was one of the best things I did during my year abroad. It was very exciting to get an insight into how historic places are run on a day-to-day basis and to be part of this for a few months. After a year of studying Early Modern British history, volunteering was a unique opportunity to apply and deepen that academic knowledge in a very practical manner. I really enjoyed learning about Sudeley from all the knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides and volunteers, who were great fun to work with, and it was a pleasure to meet and talk to visitors from all over the world. Overall, it was an experience that I won’t ever forget, and I hope I can come back sometime for another turn."