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 volunteers Jade and Alex

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

For more information about Fort Nelson and the Royal Armouries please visit
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