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Volunteer opportunities at Ickworth

Visitors and costumed interpreter in the kitchen at Ickworth, Suffolk
Visitors and costumed interpreter in the kitchen at Ickworth, Suffolk | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

Interested in volunteering with the National Trust at Ickworth? Discover the benefits of joining the team and how to apply, and read about a young volunteer who’s thrilled that she was able to follow her dream.

Why we need volunteers

We simply wouldn't be able to protect the special places in our care without the amazing people who give up their time to volunteer. Whether you can spare a day a week or an hour a month, your contribution will help us to provide the best possible experience for visitors.

We are currently recruiting for the following roles:

  • Growing Support Volunteer
  • House Experience Volunteer

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.

How to become a volunteer at Ickworth

Thinking about joining the team? If you're warm and friendly and have a love of people, we'd love to hear from you and we'll teach you the rest.

To find out more, call us on 01284 736128 or email us at

You can browse all the current volunteering vacancies with the National Trust – including the ones at Ickworth – on the volunteering website.

As well as regular volunteering, there are also opportunities to get involved through work experience, placements and Duke of Edinburgh Awards (subject to availability). All are for a minimum of 5 days; longer term placements are possible depending on requirements. To be considered, please request an application form by emailing us at

A volunteer with a group of visitors on a guided tour at Ickworth, Suffolk.
A volunteer talks with a group of visitors at Ickworth | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

A volunteer’s story

Read about Katie's experience of volunteering in the Collections team at Ickworth. Katie volunteers alongise studying for her masters in Preventative Conservation and has answered a few questions in an interview with an Ickworth work experience volunteer, Millie.

What first drew you to Ickworth and this role?

‘I started working here in the Visitor Experience team for about 7-8 months before I started volunteering in the House with the Collections team as I wanted to understand the different sides of how the estate works. I am also doing a masters in preventive conservation and, as I was already working at Ickworth, it seemed like a really good opportunity to be able to come into the House and get some experience in this area.’

What’s your favourite thing about volunteering in this team?

‘The team of volunteers across the whole property are really nice and very friendly and have all come from different backgrounds so it’s interesting to understand people’s different opinions. Volunteering in the Collections team also gives me a chance to do the things that I find interesting, for example, I’m studying for my masters alongside volunteering so I’m able to put all the theory I’m learning into practice and understand how it works in real life situations. I think is really useful to put all I’m reading and studying into context.’

What skills have you learnt or taught others whilst being in this role?

‘A lot of the skills that I’ve learnt in the House are focused on caring for Ickworth’s collections, such as environmental controls for the collections and how to care for/clean objects that are on display and in the storerooms. Its interesting to learn more about the general day to day workings of how everything in the house effects each other, such as controlling ‘light budgets’ where all the shutters on the windows stay closed until the last minute before the House opens to visitors so the light levels are managed. These are all things I’ve learnt about in theory while studying for my masters that I’ve then been able to have hands on experience with while volunteering. In the House, we’ve got a good team where everybody has slightly different focus areas so other volunteers and staff members are all constantly passing on information from training they’ve done or what they’ve learnt on other courses. Then we can all share our specific knowledge which each other so that everybody has a better understanding on how everything works. With so many different people to work alongside, you develop a really strong general knowledge within the Collections team and you know who to go to if you need more specialist advice.’

What would you say to someone who is considering volunteering for the National Trust?

‘Definitely just go for it! Everyone is very friendly, and volunteers are just so important to the National Trust in general and are really valued as members of the team which I think is really nice. Ickworth has the kind of team spirit that really brings the property together and gets everything functioning well. There’s no minimum or maximum time that you must commit to so if you’ve only got half a day spare in a week then there will be roles that you can fit into. There are so many different departments within Ickworth and the National Trust so you can ‘shuffle around’ and have a go at everything to see what suits you so I think it’s a really good place to start your volunteering journey.’

Thank you

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

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