Volunteering in the house at Uppark
Meet some of the volunteers in the house who bring this special place to life for our visitors.
" It's good fun and the company is wonderful"
2019 will be my 12th year of volunteering at Uppark. Having retired in January 2007 my wife and I were visiting places of interest which included a return visit to Uppark. One of our daughters was with us and found the application card to be a volunteer. She thought this would suit me very well: I applied and here I am.
A place to meet new people and learn something new
My fellow volunteers are a very friendly, happy group. I seem to learn something new about the house and its contents almost every time I am there. Our visitors are interested and interesting. Quite a few often have knowledge of ceramics, furniture or art that far exceeds mine and are therefore a joy to talk to.
I joined the volunteers at Uppark when I retired 15 years ago as I have always been interested in history and the National Trust.
As a Room Guide I discovered an opportunity for learning more about the period c.1745-1900 and the objects displayed in the property. Meeting visitors is often a way of increasing learning as some will have specialist knowledge. I have discovered each room has an item of interest for even very young children, when this is pointed out to them. Then questions following can be challenging as well as engaging.
The staff are welcoming, and other volunteers friendly. Outings to other properties or special exhibitions related to Uppark are usually an annual event.
" It's such a great team and you can learn so much. It's lovely to meet our visitors each day. "
To find out more about volunteering as a house guide at Uppark find out more on our National Volunteering pages.