Making new friends, working in amazing places and knowing that you're helping a great cause - three fabulous reasons to get volunteering

Exploring under the floorboards at Knole, Kent

Volunteers discover a message in a bottle 

Our volunteers play a vital role in all of the work we do. In this blog, Knole archaeology volunteers Brenda Jarvis and Veronica Walker-Smith share a discovery made in the attics, and their research on a message from the past and its maker.

" We've had the most exceptional year, and I want to say a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of the volunteers in whatever way you’ve contributed this year. Our volunteers are important to us every minute of every day with the amazing contributions they make to the work we do every day."

How volunteers help

Conservation volunteers cleaning ceramics at Dudmaston

How volunteers help us care for our collections 

With over one million collection items to look after at over 200 historic places, we have our work cut out. We wouldn’t be able to do it without our dedicated volunteers. We're highlighting our conservation volunteers and sharing their stories, favourite objects and conservation tips.

More about volunteering
Guided tour in the chapel of St Cuthbert's at Farne Islands, Northumberland

Meet our volunteers 

Get to know the volunteers that give up their time to care for our places in this round-up of our volunteer articles and profiles.

Volunteer with visitor at the wildlife watchpoint at Lizard Point, Cornwall

Volunteering FAQs 

Want to get involved? To help you find the right volunteering opportunity, we've answered many of our most frequently asked questions from our would-be volunteers here.

Thank you

We couldn't do it without you

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