Meet Louise and Peter

Volunteer, Sutton Hoo

Louise and Peter Beeson - Volunteer

Louise and Peter have been volunteering together at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk for many years. Find out why they joined the team and what they love about volunteering with us.

Sutton Hoo volunteers Louise and Peter

Thirty-four years ago, we were given life membership to the National Trust on our wedding day; a gift that ignited a lifelong interest in the Trust and its sites. 

Over the years we have visited many of the wonderful houses and gardens preserved by the Trust. However, we have a special fondness for our favourite… Sutton Hoo.

We share that common motivation towards volunteering; the opportunity to offer your skills and time to a cause that has bought so much pleasure and educated so many others. In addition to this, the enthusiasm of the local Volunteer Managers is infectious, making it very easy to get involved in the variety of opportunities open to volunteers.

From guiding the public to preparing the exhibits, our days are filled with diverse and stimulating interactions making it a captivating and thoroughly compelling change from our own everyday routine! You can even help the friendly team in the tearoom which is always a popular spot on a day out!

The fascinating story of Mrs Pretty and the spark of curiosity that led her to explore those intriguing mounds has given rise to new discoveries that continue to tell us about the Anglo-Saxons and their links to this site. There is always more to discover and further knowledge to share with our visitors and the site is constantly evolving and revealing its secrets.

It is this understanding and interest in the site that hopefully helps us to make a more entertaining experiences for the guests. 

For us, the most enjoyable aspect of the work is the chance to interact with the public, helping to enhance their experience and memories.

We are lucky having Sutton Hoo near our home… to be involved is even more fulfilling.