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Volunteering at White Mill

Tree planting at Kingston Lacy, Dorset
Tree planting at Kingston Lacy | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Would you be interested in joining our volunteer team here at White Mill? Find out all you need to know about the kinds of work our volunteers help out with, from welcoming visitors to offering guiding tours, and how to get in touch with us if you’d like to apply.

Why join us?

There are lots of reasons to join us; making the move to volunteer could be the best decision you ever make.

  • Become part of a friendly and dedicated team
  • Meet people from all walks of life and forge new friendships
  • Utilise your existing skills and learn new ones
  • Strengthen your CV and help to develop your career
  • Enjoy the great outdoors
  • Learn about the history of this special place.

Opening up this peaceful corner of Dorset

White Mill offers visitors an insight into the patterns of a living and working community on a large country estate.

We are often looking for people to help out at this special place, to share the stories and heritage of the mill.

White Mill is only open on weekends and holidays, and our volunteers welcome visitors, offer tours throughout the day, and play a valuable role in safeguarding the interiors and collections. 

We currently have a team of around 20 volunteers. Paul Jones is one of them:

'Every time I volunteer at the mill I learn something new, not just from the other volunteers, but also from the visitors.'

– Paul Jones, volunteer guide

Added benefits

As a volunteer at White Mill you’ll have the opportunity to learn new skills, share your knowledge and enthusiasm with visitors, and enjoy social events with the Kingston Lacy volunteer team.

If you are interested in joining our team, please get in touch by emailing, calling on 01258 858051 or searching for volunteer opportunities via the link below.

Thank you

Thank you to all our volunteers who give their time to support the National Trust in many different roles.

A volunteer talks to two visitors, indicating something on the wall


Our volunteers make our work to look after nature and history for future generations possible. Learn more about the volunteering opportunities available and hear a selection of their stories to find out what it's like to volunteer with us.

Three ramblers, the middle one on a mobility scooter, come towards the camera

Supporter groups 

Our supporter groups are a great way of getting involved with your local place. Find out more about how you can join in.

Visitors outside the White Mill at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Explore White Mill 

In a peaceful corner of Dorset stands White Mill, nestled on the River Stour in the Kingston Lacy estate. Discover more about the last surviving mill on this stretch of the river.

A volunteer talking to a visitor at Wightwick Manor and Gardens, West Midlands

Frequently asked questions on volunteering 

These frequently asked questions should give you all you need to know about who can volunteer, what it involves and how to apply.