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Bringing Dunham's past to life © National Trust

Bringing Dunham's past to life

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Volunteering here is a great way to meet people and learn new skills in beautiful surroundings.

'Volunteers are involved at Dunham in lots of different ways. Our visitors are met by volunteers in the house, garden, park and shop, and behind the scenes volunteers play a key role in looking after our collection and green spaces. We even have a dedicated team of beekeepers who give their time to look after our bee colonies!'

'What I find most inspiring about our volunteers is their love for Dunham. Their passion, knowledge and enthusiasm for Dunham Massey is infectious, and by sharing what they know they help more and more people feel part of our heritage'.
Charlotte Smithson, Volunteer Development Manager

A group of volunteers at Dunham Massey © National Trust/Neil Kerfoot

A group of volunteers at Dunham Massey

How can I get involved?

We are currently looking for:

  • Room Guides: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday
  • Garden Stewards: Saturday
  • Mill Stewards: Monday, Saturday
  • Learning - costumed character role on Below Stairs programme
  • Welcome Volunteers: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Catering Welcome Volunteers; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Retail Volunteers; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday

Please complete the registration form (including which of the roles you're interested in) and email it to Charlotte. For more information about what our volunteer roles involve please see 'Dunham volunteer roles' above.

Please note:
• Due to the high volume of enquiries about volunteering we may not be able to reply if you apply for a role we don’t have vacancies for.
• Our Practical Gardener and Estate Ranger roles are currently full.
• We are unable to take students on work experience placements.

This year our volunteers have been:

  • Researching Dunham’s history during the First World War
  • Selling snowdrops and bulbs in the garden
  • Deep cleaning the house while it was closed for the winter
  • Attending talks and lectures as part of their exclusive training and events programme ‘A Ma Puissance’
  • Helping to move the shop to its new home in the Visitor Centre

The Earl & the Emperor

An Ethiopian coffee ceremony at Dunham Massey, 23 July 2012

An Ethiopian coffee ceremony at Dunham Massey, 23 July 2012

In summer 2012 an exciting community project remembered the friendship between Emperor Haile Selassie and Dunham Massey’s Roger Grey. Find out more below...

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