Ightham Mote volunteers are just like you
Do you have some time to spare? Do you want to be part of a friendly team in a beautiful location? Then why not join the volunteer team at Ightham Mote.
You don’t need experience or a particular skill - just enthusiasm, a little spare time and the desire to help preserve a beautiful piece of our heritage.
There are many ways to volunteer, from welcoming visitors, room guiding, gardening, conservation assistance and working with school groups. Full training is provided.
- Meet new people / make new friends
- Be part of a team
- Get out of the house
- Have a sense of purpose
- Share skills / learn new ones
- Share local knowledge / history
- Gain work experience / add something to a CV
- Make a difference / do something different
- Preserve our heritage
Why do some of our volunteers come?
'As long-term members, volunteering appealed to us - we get to use our skills and it fits in around our work.'
'The great thing is you're learning all the time, finding out about the house and estate - then communicating that enthusiasm and interest to the visitors.'
'The National Trust is not stuffy - it's about real life. Everyone is so friendly and we've been made very welcome.'
Vernon and Cathy
Doing something useful and enjoyable
'To me, volunteering means staying active (doing something both useful and enjoyable), keeping fit and giving something back to the National Trust in return for the pleasure it has given me over the years.'
Keeps you mentally alert
“Having enjoyed history at school, and visited here many times, I thought ‘I can probably stand in a room and natter!’ I have quite a retentive memory for facts and if I hear something interesting – it sticks. I’m quite a solitary person by nature but I really enjoy the social interaction being here at Ightham Mote, which I think helps me keep mentally alert. “
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