Volunteering in costume

Volunteer, Holly Kirby, dresses up at Attingham Park to greet visitors.

Volunteer, Holly Kirby, dresses up at Attingham Park to greet visitors.

Holly Kirby
Costumed Interpreter
Attingham Park

Since I was a child I have been fascinated with the history of where I live.

Growing up in North Shropshire's beautiful rolling countryside, I developed a passion for its folklore and love in rural pursuits that link me with the past, whether this be making sloe jellies, elderflower champagne, or my own cheeses. I enjoy the blaze of logs collected from my land, especially the Christmas Yule Log, its warmth comforting me as it would those who lived in the past. It's easy to imagine their shadows dancing on the walls of the darkened room.

With my early life so steeped in history, it seemed natural for me to discover more about volunteering at an historical house. When I learnt that Attingham Park was looking for Costumed Interpreters, I leapt at the opportunity.

I adore my role. I love helping visitors, especially children, get excited about Attingham and its stories. Like me, visitors have the opportunity to step into another world and experience its wonders and delights.

Stirring the imaginations of visitors of all ages is my recipe for a brilliant day. It's a wonderful feeling when they say how much they've enjoyed chatting to me and Attingham's friendly team.

How wonderful to share my fascination for history and, hopefully encourage children, the future of the National Trust, to become volunteers at some of our great properties!