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Volunteer opportunities at Packwood

A group of visitors enjoying a guided tour at Packwood House, Warwickshire, in a room with wooden panelling.
Visitors at Packwood House | © National Trust Images/Megan Taylor

Surrounded by gardens and countryside, Packwood is a place of dreams and adventure. Packwood's volunteer team play a vital role in sharing the love of this beautiful place with others and in continuing to bring Baron Ash's vision of an English country estate to life. Discover how to get involved and what's in it for you.

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.

Garden volunteer at work in the Walled Garden at Packwood House, Warwickshire
Volunteering in the Walled Garden at Packwood | © National Trust Images/Abi Cole

Join our team

Our volunteers are the lifeblood of Packwood and we've got lots of interesting volunteer roles in our friendly and enthusiastic team. All of our volunteers play a vital role in looking after Packwood and helping visitors enjoy their day.

If you are interested in joining the team, now is a great time to start. Packwood is open seven days a week and we are looking for fun, flexible and friendly people to join the team.

What our volunteers say

Elizabeth volunteers in the house and enjoys being able to give something back to her local community and a cause that she cares about.

‘One of the best things about being a volunteer, for me, is that you get to see the property through all the seasons. We’ve got a very warm and welcoming team which is the main reason I love to keep coming back.’

Bryan enjoys his time volunteering as a gardener in the kitchen garden. What he likes most about working here is 'the feeling that one is helping to sustain the wonderful countryside and houses in the UK.'

- Margaret, Room Guide

Our Volunteers' Experiences

Here's what just a few of our volunteers have to say about volunteering at Packwood.

A photo of the volunteer research team at Packwood, Warwickshire
Margaret, third from the left, and Marjory, fourth from the left, volunteer with the Research Group at Packwood. | © National Trust

Margery and Margaret have taken an interest in our tapestries

As members of the Research Group at Packwood, we began by categorising various resources, and became interested in the tapestries, in particular why at various periods and in various publications and reports their titles and provenances were described differently. For example, the tapestry in the long gallery now known as “The Triumph of Marcus Aurelius” was called “A Scene from the Acts of the Apostles” in Baron Ash’s day, and the panel now known as “The Reconciliation of Jacob and Esau” was known as “A Bishop at Prayer”. On the return of “The Coronation of Marcus Aurelius” from conservation, we were asked to compile some information on the history and production of tapestries. We also found out more about Marcus Aurelius and about Graham Baron Ash as a tapestry collector. The information was subsequently displayed in the Parlour. We are currently working on providing a dedicated guide to the tapestries which will be available to visitors later in the year. The information contained in the guide will also form the basis of a “taster tour” which will be on offer in due course. Looking further ahead we are considering the possibility of designing a children’s trail based around the tapestries.

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Volunteer catering assistant carries a tray of hot drinks outside the Kitchen Garden Cafe at Packwood House, Warwickshire
Volunteering in the Kitchen Garden cafe | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Get in touch about volunteering at Packwood

Interested in finding out more about volunteering at Packwood?

Pop in and speak to a member of the team, give us a call on 01564 782024 or email packwood@nationaltrust.org.uk to find out more. You can also find our current vacancies and an application form on the National Trust volunteering website.

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.
• Contribute your time, energy and skills towards a worthwhile charitable cause.
• Make a difference and welcome everyone to enjoy Packwood.

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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