Meet the volunteers: Matthew Rowland

Room Guide, Penhyn Castle

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Matthew Rowlands - Room Guide

Without them we wouldn't be able tolook after all our special plces, so this Volunteers Week we decided to get to know them a little better. Meet Matthew Rowland

Matthew Rowlands, a volunteer room guide at penrhyn Castle

What you do in your role:

Interact with visitors by welcoming them, answering their questions and pointing them in the right direction.

How long have you been volunteering?

Around one year

Why do you volunteer?

I love meeting new people and talking to people but most of all, I find it lots of fun and you’re always learning new things!

" Most of my childhood was spent wanting to be a footballer. The rest of it was spent wanting to be an archaeologist. I think as a child I just really liked mud."
- Matthew Rowland, Room Guide, Penrhyn Castle

Do you volunteer anywhere else?

I was volunteering at the museum in Bangor helping to prepare the collections to move across to the new building. This summer I’m starting to volunteer at Chester Cathedral helping to sell Lego bricks to raise money for the Chester Cathedral Education Trust Fund.

Coffee or tea?

Coffee.

Tell us something about your background

I’m a student at Bangor University studying history with archaeology, with a year abroad spent studying in Melbourne, Australia. I love to travel and I’ve tried to see what I can. I’m quite active too, I like to play football (I’m a long suffering Bolton Wanderers fan) and I love cycling. When I volunteer, I often cycle to get there! The remainder of my time is spent with my friends - few things beat good company.

If a film was made of your life – who would play you?

Tony Robinson. Played an idiot very well in ‘Blackadder’ as Baldrick and although frowned upon within university archaeology departments, ‘Time Team’ is still very enjoyable.

Tell us something that nobody at the NT knows about you.

My favourite food is lasagne.

When you were a child, what did you want to be and why?

Most of my childhood was spent wanting to be a footballer. The rest of it was spent wanting to be an archaeologist. I think as a child I just really liked mud.

Which do you prefer: A good book or good film?

Generally, a good film. I don’t get much time to read things that aren’t related to my studies but there’s a lot to be said for the power of imagination when it comes to a good book!

Who’s your hero?

A retired footballer named Stuart Holden from America. He didn’t play much and had his career cut short through injury. He suffered around four different knee injuries keeping him out of action for around 9 months at a time before he eventually retired, instead running football camps and working in American media. I’ve always found his determination and drive to succeed inspiring and so I still try to keep up to date with what he does.