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Ightham Mote volunteers are just like you

Help us provide a friendly welcome

Help us provide a friendly welcome

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.

Why volunteer?

  • 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?


Get to use your skills and fit around work © National Trust

'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

Volunteering means doing something both useful and enjoyable © Derek May

'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

Volunteer Room Guide at Ightham Mote © NT/Sam Bentley

“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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What can I do?

Find out more

To find out more about volunteering at Ightham Mote, please first fill out the volunteer application form below and return to our Volunteer development officer Jill Nash who will be in touch.