Your Fort Needs You! - Friday, 18 November 2011
Be part of history by volunteering at historic Fort Nelson this autumn and help the Royal Armouries showcase the national collection of big guns.
From teenagers to retired people – and carpenters to handicrafts helpers – the Victorian Fort is recruiting an army of volunteers to help provide an even better service to the thousands who visit every year.
Fort Nelson’s Volunteers Co-ordinator Kirstine Impey said, “We have several different volunteer roles that will appeal to a wide variety of people. Many of our volunteers help out in the new galleries, talking to visitors about the exhibits and pointing them in the right direction for the visitor centre, gun firings and activities.
“There’s also the chance to assist the education team with their school visits during term-time, and also to help with arts and crafts activities during the holidays. Some of our volunteers had a great time at Halloween, helping to run the activities. One of them, Jade Gratton, even arrived as a witch, which went down a storm with the children.”
Jade, 22, from Leigh Park, Hampshire, said, “I love history so I am really enjoying volunteering here. I had a great time helping the education team at Halloween, and also during the launch of the new education sessions.”
Jade is pictured with fellow volunteer, Alex Fagg, 25, in the photograph.
People interested in volunteering, should have between two to four hours to spare at a time. Some volunteers come in weekly, whereas others help out on a regular but less frequent basis.
All volunteers must be aged over 16, and be prepared to undertake some checks, including Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) screening if necessary.
Travel expenses will be reimbursed, and the volunteer will be supplied with a blouse/shirt and jumper bearing the Royal Armouries’ logo.
For more information, please pick up a volunteer recruitment form from Fort Nelson’s visitor centre or contact Kirstine.
Tel: 01329 848516
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Notes to editors
- The Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson houses the national collection of historic cannon and big guns. The museum houses one of the world’s finest collections with over 350 cannon dating back over 600 years. The collection originated at HM Tower of London and has been on display in Hampshire since 1995.
- The Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson also tells the story of the Palmerston Forts, built to protect Portsmouth from a feared French invasion in the 1860’s.
- Fort Nelson is open every day except 24-26 December. April to October 10am –5pm (Wed 11am-5pm), November – March 10.30am – 4pm (Wed 11.30-4pm).
- Admission to the Royal Armouries is FREE.
- Admission charges apply to some events.
- Information line: 01329 233734
- Website: www.royalarmouries.org
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Royal Armouries is the national museum of arms and armour with sites at Fort Nelson, Leeds, HM Tower of London and Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
- The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business.