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Volunteer opportunities at Gunby Hall and Gardens

Two volunteers at Gunby talking while sitting on a perching bench in the car park at Gunby. There is a smell shed and green countryside behind them.
Volunteer at Gunby | © National Trust

Gunby has a team of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers, who each play their part in caring for and helping to tell the stories of this homely country house and Victorian gardens. Find out more about how you can join the team or support our work in different ways.

Join our team

We could not operate without our small army of volunteers, and we've got lots of interesting roles in our friendly and enthusiastic team. Volunteering is a great opportunity to learn new skills, as well as flexing old ones, in the company of interesting and sociable people.

‘I enjoy history and sharing this knowledge with other people... My favourite part of volunteering is all the different people I get to meet and if I was to persuade a friend to volunteer, I’d say ‘just do it, you will never regret it’ because it’s fun and you meet some very interesting people.’

– Anne, house and conservation volunteer

Ways to volunteer at Gunby Hall and Gardens

Gunby relies on the kind people who offer their time in any way they can to look after this historic estate and bring it to life for our visitors. Here's a sample of the various roles volunteers are currently enjoying:

  • House volunteer

Welcoming our visitors with a smile and information about our collection is what house volunteers do best. The minimum commitment is two three-hour shifts per month.

  • Visitor experience volunteer

Help the visitor experience team with greeting visitors in the car park area. At times you will be the first person our visitors meet, so your welcoming smile is very important.

  • Second-hand bookshop volunteer

Do you like a good thriller? Or are you more of a romantic? Our bookshop volunteers know where to find the poetry section or holiday reads and love helping our visitors find something they'll enjoy.

  • Piano player

Music helps bring a house to life and live music is the best kind of all. Our fantastic Blüthner grand piano can feel neglected and needs an accomplished pianist to tinkle its ivories and enthral the visitors.

If any of the above sounds like you, please get in touch and share your skills.

Other ways to get involved

As well as regular volunteering there are also opportunities to get involved through Duke of Edinburgh awards, internships and work experience.

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.

Join a local Supporters group

If you are interested in making the most of the National Trust near you then you can join your local supporter group. They are great places to enjoy special interest talks, local walks, coach outings and other social and fundraising events, while also supporting the work of the National Trust in your area.

Visit the regional supporter group page to find out more about the work of supporter groups in the area and how to join.

Get in touch about Volunteering at Gunby

Interested in finding out more about volunteering at Gunby? Pop in and speak to a member of the team, give us a call on 01754 890102 or email the team at to find out more.

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