Get involved at the birthplace of Thomas Bewick

A visitor and print demonstrator in the press room

Nestled in the Tyne Valley, Cherryburn was home to a young Thomas Bewick, who grew up to become an influential artist and engraver. With sweeping views of the surrounding landscape, the sound of birds singing, and the sun shining down on the paddock, it's easy to imagine why that young boy would have skipped school to play outside and draw what he saw all day long. As a volunteer at Cherryburn you can help keep this special story alive. We're currently looking for researchers, museum interpreters, events assistants, print demonstrators, and visitor experience volunteers.

Print demonstrator

In this role you will:

• Learn traditional techniques and engage visitors in the process
• Have the opportunity to use and maintain historic printing equipment
• Make everyone feel welcome, and answer questions about Cherryburn, Bewick and the National Trust as a whole
• Work as part of a friendly and dedicated team to ensure excellence in visitor experience
• Partake in daily cleaning duties to ensure that Cherryburn is always at it's best for visitors

Museum Interpreter

In this role you will:

• Provide a warm, friendly welcome to all visitors as the public face of Cherryburn and the National Trust
• Develop a good knowledge of Cherryburn – the place and the people who lived here.
• Welcome families, talking to children as well as adults and providing appropriate engagement where necessary
• Understand and communicate the story of Thomas Bewick and his birthplace

Research volunteer

In this role you will:

• Carry out research as part of a group relating to National Trust sites in the Tyne Valley, including Hadrian's Wall, Allen Banks and Cherryburn
• Access resources both within National Trust archives and externally, and visit archives when appropriate
• Uncovering the stories which can inform our interpretation, marketing and communications

Events assistant

In this role you will:

• Help plan and deliver events so they go smoothly
• Prepare and lead creative workshops such as children’s craft activities when needed
• Make visitors feel welcome, answering any questions and encouraging them to get involved
• Promote other events across the Tyne Valley group and at other National Trust places locally
• Ask visitors to tell us about their day, so we can improve future events

Visitor experience volunteer

In this role you will:

• Make everyone feel welcome, answering questions about Cherryburn, Bewick and the Trust as a whole
• Work as part of a small but dedicated team to ensure excellence in catering and retail
• Carry out daily cleaning duties to ensure Cherryburn is always at it's best for visitors
• Help if people ask, and think about the best routes around the property, especially for disabled people and families
• Find out what’s on offer across Hadrian's Wall and Tyne Valley Group and other local sites, so you can promote the National Trust, and encourage people to become a member
• Keep in touch with the wider team so you know what’s happening each day
• Keep the reception area inviting, up to date and a hub of activity
• Understand and follow health and safety and evacuation procedures

To find out more and apply for a volunteering role, please click here

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