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.

Sutton Hoo volunteer, Jill, outside Tranmer House

Jill first discovered Sutton Hoo as an archaeology student 

Over forty years had gone by since Jill first wrote an essay about Sutton Hoo, as an archaeology student. Then after moving to Suffolk it didn't take her long to discover she wanted to volunteer here.

A view of Lode Mill from the banks of Quy Water

David loves to share the story of Lode Mill 

The role of mill guide at Anglesey Abbey covers many different aspects, but for David, learning about the workings of the machinery and being able to demonstrate how it all works to visitors is what keeps him coming back week after week.

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.

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 just want to hitch a ride and get to some of Ickworth's beautiful spots more quickly.

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 of them, Karen.

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!

John Gothard at work

John helps to clean Anglesey's statues 

On retirement, John felt he had time on his hands and wanted to give something back to the community. He wanted a volunteer role where he could do something useful and rewarding, that would give back to others.

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.