Volunteer at Baddesley Clinton
Volunteers at Baddesley are the lifeblood of the property and without them our visitors would miss out on their valuable contribution to how Baddesley and the stories which surround it are brought to life 363 days a year.
From 1-7 June we are celebrating Volunteers Week here at Baddesley and we'd like to say a huge thank you to all our wonderful volunteers and the fantastic contribution they make. Below is a little bit of information about volunteering at Baddesley and a few words from some of our current volunteers on why they love volunteering here so much.
Baddesley has over 200 volunteers in varying roles and there are countless ways to volunteer and make an impact. Roles at Baddesley vary from room guides and retail assistants to visitor reception volunteers who welcome thousands of people a year to the property and flower arrangers who create wonderful displays in the house. Volunteering at Baddesley is the perfect way to make new friends and give something back to your local community.
" Just do it, you will never regret it"
What our volunteers think about Baddesley
Anne Dale, a day leader and conservation volunteer says, ‘I enjoy history and sharing this knowledge with other people. I chose to volunteer at Baddesley because it sits in its own parkland, quiet and peaceful like a hidden gem, not too big and not too small, my kind of place. My favourite part of volunteering is all the different people I get to meet and if I was to persuade a friend to volunteer, I’d say just do it, you will never regret it because it’s fun and you meet some very interesting people.’
Carol Preston, a room guide and archivist, shares why she loves to volunteer at Baddesley. ‘Since I was about four years of age I discovered the abbeys and castles of the North East of England and from then my interest in British history, especially the monarchy, just grew and grew. When I started as a room guide nothing had prepared me for the sheer joy I’d feel from making new friends and talking to like-minded people about this glorious house and its 500 year history.’
" When I first came in March 1995, I spent just a couple of days in the bookshop. We realised quite quickly that many of our visitors are great readers and enthusiasm for the shop just grew and grew. From humble beginnings in a tiny first aid room, we have now expanded into several rooms…and I work a full week!"
Since the Baddesley Bookshop opened the volunteers have raised over half a million pounds for the conservation of Baddesley. What an amazing achievement!