Polishing silver, cooking a 1930s recipe, indulging green fingers, chatting to others about our history... Just a few of the ways in which our fantastic volunteers have tried something a little different helping at Ickworth since 1956.
Today we have almost 400 volunteers from all sorts of backgrounds helping us look after this amazing place. Whatever you'd like to achieve and be it a one-off or a longer term commitment for yourself, family fun or as a group, we'd love you to be part of it.
To find out more about getting involved why not pick from one of the following?
- Email us
- Call on 01284 736128
- Have a chat with us when visiting
- Come along to our volunteering fairs
Whichever you choose, you'll get plenty of advice and information to help you
If you'd like to complete a volunteer interest form and get the ball rolling, download one using the link below and we'll get back to you for a chat.
- Try something different or indulge your interests
- Help look after this amazing place
- Join a great team and make new friends
- Bring the whole family - get stuck in
- Gain new skills or DofE Award credit
- We're perfect for groups, school, college and university volunteering
- Enhance your CV - get an edge
- Have fun and enjoy regular social events
- Come when and as often as you like
Get the volunteering buzz
We love our volunteers
Our 400 volunteers are quite simply the lifeblood of Ickworth, without them we couldn't keep it going. To say thanks, volunteers enjoy regular talks, coffee mornings, walk and talks and outings. Annual highlights are always our summer BBQ and Christmas party.
Take the volunteer journey
Starting as a volunteer with us is like becoming part of a wondefully diverse, friendly and multi-talented family. Volunteers are given a full induction so they feel at home. With full training provided, there's lots of opportunity to learn new skills and take on responsibility.
Help shape our future
We were set up in 1895 by three volunteers and over the years we've always listened carefully to them. They still have a huge voice in guiding Ickworth's future through our volunteer council, forums, polls, workshops and volunteer surveys.
Help bring Ickworth's past to life
To help keep our volunteers up to date with what's happening at Ickworth and across the Trust , we've set up a website called MyVolunteering. Download our monthly newsletter and resources, catch up the latest news or have a natter.
There are endless ways to volunteer with us. We're aiming to care for Ickworth, for ever, for everyone - with much already achieved and even more exciting projects to come, whatever your interests we'll have a role to suit you.
The sister act
Eleanor, a PhD student, has brought to life her role as a 1930s Living History housemaid whilst her sister, Isabel, assists across many areas, recently joining the Visitor Service staff team too.
The volunteer extraordinaire
Jean's one exceptionally active lady volunteering for us in a variety of roles including living history servant, sewing circle and tour guide.
She even volunteers in the community - driving buses.
The wildlife surveyors
One of our newest volunteer groups is helping scour the estate for signs of wildlife activity from our natural resident neighbours.
The group always enjoy their walk - regardless of weather...
The circle of sowers
Our sowers meet on a regular basis for a stitch and a natter.
They've worked wonders providing everything from our 1930 Ickworth Lives costumes used on living history days to curtains and seat covers.
The stumpery miracle workers
Our outdoors volunteers have worked wonders restoring and doubling the size of the magical Victorian stumpery.
In the process they've also created one of the largest collections of ferns in East Anglia.
More ways to join in
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