Join the team at Oxburgh Hall

Volunteers taking care of the plants in the Victorian Greenhouse

Our volunteers are an invaluable part of Oxburgh. From working in the bookshop to pruning in the garden, there are plenty of ways you can join the team and get involved.

Outdoors Volunteers

The Outdoors Volunteer’s role is to assist the Outdoors Team in managing the formal grounds in the vicinity of the Hall. This includes propagating plants, nurturing the 6500 bedding plants for the Victorian Parterre, growing vegetables and fruit in the kitchen garden, pruning the orchard fruit trees, weeding and keeping all the grass borders well maintained. There is also an opportunity to be involved in the management of the wider estate which includes coppicing areas of woodland, maintenance of footpaths, gates and stiles and recording of wildlife.

Volunteer Role Profile - Garden Team (PDF / 0.1MB) download

Volunteer Role Profile - Kitchen Garden Team (PDF / 0.1MB) download

Volunteer Role Profile - Woodland & Grassland Management Team (PDF / 0.1MB) download

Volunteer Role Profile - Garden Steward (PDF / 0.1MB) download

 

Volunteers add 7,000 bedding plants to the Parterre annually.
Volunteers plant bedding plants in to the Parterre at Oxburgh.

Room Guides

Room Guides have a vital role to play in bringing National Trust places to life, for inspiring our visitors and helping them to learn more about their place in an interesting and enjoyable way. They are often the first point of contact for visitors within the House and are ready with a welcoming smile and information. Room Guides also play a valuable part in safeguarding our interiors and collections. If you enjoy talking to new people, this is the perfect volunteer experience for you. Our room guides help to make a visit to Oxburgh special.

Volunteer Room Guide Role Profile

Welcome Assistants

Welcome Assistants meet and greet our visitors. They provide a warm and friendly welcome (and goodbye) to all visitors as the face of Oxburgh Hall and the National Trust as a charity. Welcome Assistants help scan membership cards and give information to the visitors about the property, as well as promoting memberships. They also provide a point of contact for visitor to answer queries/questions or direct them to the appropriate area/contact. The ticket office staff greet visitors at the entrance, making sure that they have a great experience as soon as they arrive.

Volunteer Role Profile - Welcome Assistant (PDF / 0.2MB) download

 

" Everybody's friendly and you meet new people everyday."
- John Townshend, House Volunteer

The Bookshop

The second-hand bookshop was set up by the Volunteers in 2001. Situated in the old Gun Room it has since raised over £155,000 towards projects in the House and Gardens. The Bookshop Volunteers work hard to collect, sort and stock books, as well as sell them to the visitors.

Bookshop Volunteer Role Profile

Sewing & Costume Group

The Sewing Group makes beautiful and intricate replica costumes. These wonderful creations are then worn during costume weekends which bring Oxburgh’s rich and fascinating history to life.

Oxburgh Hall volunteer costume group
Oxburgh Hall volunteer costume group

Raffle Ticket Seller

Raffle Ticket Sellers are encouraged to approach visitors in an informal way chatting about the work of the Trust and specific property needs.  Explaining where the money raised is spent and that all funds raised stay on that particular property in order to maximize ticket sales. A small dedicated team raise money from selling raffle tickets to fund conservation projects at Oxburgh.

Raffle Ticket Seller Role Profile

 

" The social history interests me and I find the House Staff extremely supportive, approachable and appreciative."
- Marion Dalston, House Volunteer

Volunteer Conservation Assistant

Conservation Assistants help to care for our collections and keep up presentation standards in our houses as set out in the National Trust Manual of Housekeeping. Working with conservation staff, you will learn how to protect historic items so that our visitors can enjoy them for as long as possible.

Conservation Assistant Role Profile

Volunteers help to clean the 1,597 pieces of the Saloon chandelier.
Volunteers gently clean chandelier crystals at Oxburgh.

Learning Volunteer

Learning Volunteers support visiting schools and education establishments; working as part of a team to deliver activities to groups of children and young people. These activities can be both House based and outdoors.  Education groups are an important link with the local community and you will help make sure their visits are enjoyable and memorable. Learning volunteers also get involved with family orientated activities, e.g. crafts and children/family programming and events.

Volunteer Role Profile - Learning Team (PDF / 0.2MB) download

Visitor Experience Volunteer

Visitor Experience Volunteers offer an invaluable service in planning, promoting and participating in events and programming on property.  These are key features of Oxburgh Hall's fundraising activities and visitor enjoyment support. Volunteers will be supported whilst acquiring the necessary knowledge of Oxburgh to support an activity. Activities range from day to day visitor facing support to singing in the property Choir and helping on event days. 

Some of the Volunteers on a recent trip to Belton House
Some of the Volunteers on a recent trip to Belton House

There are some great reasons to volunteer...

  • To learn a new skill or broaden your knowledge
  • To meet people and make new friends
  • To help visitors enjoy their day out
  • To fill your spare time; come when you want and as often as you like. We are always flexible around you.
  • To experience a tangible link with history

As well as this you’ll be part of a wonderful and enthusiastic team. Regular coffee mornings are held so all the Volunteers can meet for a chat over a slice of cake and there are regular trips scheduled throughout the year. In the winter season there is the opportunity to hear talks given by organised speakers and take part in activities such as the Volunteer Quiz, while over the summer, the Volunteer Garden Party and annual rounders match is a great time to socialise and have some fun.