Meet some of our volunteers

Volunteers play such an important role in helping us care for special places. We've got some fantastic people in a variety of roles here in the East of England, who simply love what they do. If you've ever wondered what it's like to volunteer, why not read their stories?

A garden volunteer kneeling down in the walled garden

Peter brought his skills and passion with him 

Having spent 27 years in Australia with a 43 acre farm, on his return to the UK, Peter decided to come back to his roots and volunteer at one of his favourite places, Blickling Estate.

David Beer Interview photo

Meet Ickworth's Buggy Driver Extraordinaire 

David provides a service for those who find it difficult to walk long distances, for those who want to escape from the rain, and for those who wish to visit Ickworth’s areas of beauty.

Ken cleaning in the house at Oxburgh Hall

Ken knew he wanted to volunteer on his first visit to Oxburgh 

Ken fell in love with Oxburgh on his very first visit and knew straight away that he wanted to become a volunteer and help care for the collection. His wife is also happy to get him out of the house!

Sam scythes bracken on Dunwich Heath

Sam wants to be a ranger when he leaves college 

As a first year Countryside Management student, Sam Cooper volunteers at Dunwich Heath once a week, gaining valuable work experience for his future aspiration of becoming a ranger.

Claudia with her golden retriever at Blickling

Claudia started volunteering after moving to the UK 

Claudia moved to the UK ten years ago from Germany and is one of our new countryside volunteers, helping visitors make the most of their visit to Blickling Estate.

John Gothard at work

John helps to clean Anglesey's statues 

On retirement I felt that I had the time, health and interest to give something back to the community. I wanted to do something useful and rewarding where I would connect with people.

A volunteer shows a visitor a map of Blickling Estate

Karen helps to give a warm welcome  

Blickling Estate welcomes 150,000 visitors through the doors every year and we couldn't do it without our band of volunteers who give a warm and friendly welcome to everyone as they arrive. Meet one them, Karen.

Liz Swann at work

Liz helps groups visit Anglesey Abbey 

Liz is the volunteer who helps groups wanting to visit Anglesey Abbey. She's super organised and helps make the whole process as simple as possible for those wanting to visit.

David Mackew at work in Lode Mill

David is a volunteer miller at Lode Mill 

The role of mill guide covers many different aspects, but for me, learning about the workings of the machinery and being able to demonstrate how it works to visitors is very satisfying.

Close up of Eddie outside at Sutton Hoo

Eddie is still volunteering at 90 

Eddie is 90 and loves his time volunteering at Sutton Hoo. He keeps us all entertained with his stories and has a fantastic sense of humour.

Volunteer Sheila Moreley welcomes visitors to Anglesey Abbey

Sheila is utilising her crafts skills 

Sheila is quite the multi-tasker. As well as helping with the Craft Group at Anglesey, you might spot her on visitor reception welcoming visitors or lending a hand with one of the many events that take place here.

West Corridor at Ickworth

Stepping into character at Ickworth 

Young volunteer Sienna James takes on various roles at Ickworth, from room-guiding to history reenactment, proving that you can volunteer whatever your age.