Robert Amatt volunter profile
What's the best part of Volunteering at Croome? Working with other like minded people, people who are prepared to give their time freely to enable visitors to enjoy the Defford experience. The story telling helps people to grasp the enormity of what happened onsite during those dark years and the huge difference made to the outcome of the war. The Museum Volunteers are a great bunch, with an enormity of experience, I’m really pleased to have them as my friends. Having a visitor shake you by the hand and offer thanks for talking them through a particular exhibit, is a real buzz for me.
What’s keeping me busy at the moment?
The summer holiday season especially weekends means that the Museum volunteers are regularly shorthanded, I personally prefer to work at weekends as I like the buzz of a crowded museum. So I tend to do more shifts at this time.
What's my favourite part of Croome?
It has naturally to be the main museum, the Merlin engine is a strong favourite amongst the visitors, my family during ww2 were involved in the manufacture of the engine at the Derby works, so it is in my blood too. Working at the museum has made me bone up on the development of this famous power unit.
What's my favourite story about Croome?
The sad story of the 10th Earl who was killed defending the approaches to Dunkirk from the German Panzers. The man chose to fight with his men so strong others could escape. His responsibilities at home were immense but clearly his duty came first.
What do I do when I’m not volunteering?
Here in Castlemorton we have a huge garden, the sunflowers have had a good season and the volunteers are currently enjoying the surplus vegetables produced. Besides which I’m currently building a summerhouse for my wife to ensure that she does not feel like a war museum widow
What advice would I give anyone thinking about volunteering with the National Trust?
Be prepared to become totally involved, be patient, ask questions to find out what a visitor knows about Defford and inflight Radar development. The pitfalls can be that they know more than you-listening is a prerequisite, visitors want to tell stories too, so it’s in our remit to listen intently. It’s clearly our job to enhance the visitor experience so be prepared to smile even if you have told the same story a hundred times that shift.