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School holidays

On the Autumn Trail at Knole

In the school holidays we offer a variety of activities for children other than what we advertise. We take activities out of Knole and into the Sevenoaks housing estates. And sometimes we also welcome groups of children from South London to explore the deer park. Could you help lead these activities or show us how to bring them to more people? We do this several times a year. Email us to find out more.

Short one-off projects

Some of the new volunteer team receiving training from Simon.

Can you help us with one of our short-term, one-off projects? We need volunteers to help us arrange for underprivileged children to visit Knole. And we're looking for helpers to lead summer activities, too.

For more information, email our volunteering team or call us on 01732 462100.

Help schoolchildren to visit

Dressing up as young Tudors from various walks of life, at Knole, Kent

Every year there are one or two schools that book a visit to Knole but have to cancel because of the cost of the coach. A local company has offered to sponsor one such school a year to pay for its coach. Do you have the legal knowledge to help us draw up a simple sponsorship agreement with them?

Email us for more information
 

Room steward

The Cartoon Gallery showcases rare silver and royal Stuart furniture  © John Miller

The Cartoon Gallery showcases rare silver and royal Stuart furniture

There's more to being a Knole room steward than meets the eye. As well as meeting and helping visitors, the Volunteers' Association provides a lively social scene, with study hours on a variety of topics, winter lectures, outings and meals on a regular basis.

Do email our volunteering team or call 01732 462100.

Garden guide

Garden stewards after a long day being friendly and drinking tea © Martin Stiles

Garden stewards after a long day being friendly and drinking tea

Garden guides spend all or part of their Tuesdays enjoying the company of a small group, helping visitors to find their way around the garden and what there is to see within the walls. This is quite a different experience to volunteering in the house.

Do email our volunteering team or call 01732 462100.

Park walk leader

Grizzled veterans of a Knole Park walk return to the house © Patricia McAllister

Grizzled veterans of a Knole Park walk return to the house

We try to offer a park walk on most days of the week – could you help us do that? With 1,000 acres to explore, you can make each walk your own, inviting even local visitors to discover parts of the park they have never seen before.

Family events

Decorating an autumn banner at Knole © Barbara Taylor

Decorating an autumn banner at Knole

Every so often we put on educational events for children, families or adults. Sometimes we go out into the local area, so this is especially suitable if you come from Sevenoaks or nearby. We welcome your ideas for who to visit and what to offer.

Musician

Baroque duo Due Corde performing in the Great Hall at Knole © Anne Marie Christensen / Amélie Addison

Baroque duo Due Corde performing in the Great Hall at Knole

Knole's programme of live early music relies on volunteers, many of them students from the London music colleges. We pay all your expenses, so if you would like the chance to perform in this atmospheric setting, please email us. We're looking for instrumental soloists or small groups.

Something else...

Some early 17th-century stained glass at Knole © Fiona Secrett

Some early 17th-century stained glass at Knole

Is there anything that you think is missing? Would you like to help us offer something new to visitors or the local community? If so, please do email our volunteering team or call 01732 462100 – we'd love to hear from you.

Oral history unfolds...

A few of the items we have gathered through the Hidden Histories project © National Trust

A few of the items we have gathered through the Hidden Histories project

Since 2011, we've been collecting and recording people's memories of visiting, living and working at Knole. We have been delighted with the wide-ranging connections, often stretching beyond Sevenoaks, Kent.

from former Knole staff...

A few of the items we have gathered through the 'Hidden Histories' project © Brian and Janet Harwood

A few of the items we have gathered through the 'Hidden Histories' project

Craftsmen like our former works foreman, Fred Piercy, had many stories to tell his children and grandchildren. Their reminiscences are now in our oral history archive.

Do you too have a story about Knole, to share?

to dedicated volunteers

Some of the Kings Room bed restoration team in the early 1980s © National Trust

Some of the Kings Room bed restoration team in the early 1980s

The tireless team of volunteer seamstresses who helped restore our King's Room soft furnishings have happy memories of their years of working to restore the priceless cloth of gold textiles.

If you are interested in helping in our oral history project, email or call us at 01732 462100.

A house as old as this needs constant attention © John Miller

A house as old as this needs constant attention

The Knole appeal

2012 saw the beginning of a nationwide appeal to safeguard the future of Knole, open new areas to the public and transform what we offer to visitors.

The appeal aims to fund building work on the house, which needs urgent attention, and is part of a wide-ranging project that offers a variety of ways for you to get involved.

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