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Room guiding, 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.

Drop us a line

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 one of our recruitment events or drop in to the Rotunda Volunteer Office when open

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.

Why volunteer?

  • 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

Ickworth needs you!

Volunteering in such a magnificent place is invigorating © Liz Thomas

Volunteering in such a magnificent place is invigorating

We currently need room guides, especially at the weekends. If you've some spare time and would like to discover unexpected facts why not indulge your interest and curiosity? Share your discoveries with our visitors giving them a unique and memorable experience too. Don't worry you won't need to know everything, talk in front of large groups or stand up all day.

Get the volunteering buzz

We love our volunteers

Christmas is a greatexcuse for a volunteer party 

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

The volunteer research group at Ickworth, Suffolk © Elizabeth Thomas

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

Ickworths volunteers have help us though the ages © Elizabeth Thomas

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

Come to Ickworth to experience ’Living History’ in the basement © Philip Mynott

Having already turned back the clock in our basement to the 1930s, we're now looking to extend our Ickworth Lives project to the wider estate to tell the story of the estate workers. If you think you'd like to be involved please contact us for further information.

MyVolunteering website

Come to Ickworth to experience 'Living History' in the basement © Philip Mynott

To help support our volunteers with what's happening across the Trust and at Ickworth, we've set up a website called MyVolunteering. It's where as a volunteer you can connect with other volunteers and share stories nationally. With monthly newsletters and resources available to you, it's a great place to keep you up-to-date with the latest news or have a natter.

The sister act

Ickworth volunteers housemaid or conservation assistan 

Elle, 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 Davis, Ickworth’s volunteer extraordinaire © Emma Oram

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

Great wildlife you can see at Ickworth, spotted by our survey volunteers © Liz Thomas

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 sewing circle

Having fun, dressed up in the stunning costumes made by the sewing circle © Elizabeth Thomas

Our sewing circle 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 stalwarts

Having fun, dressed up in the stunning costumes made by the sewing circle © Ray Dale

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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