Volunteering for the Trust

V olunteers have a very important role to play in the success of the Norfolk Archaeological Trust’s work.

If you are interested in getting involved with volunteering at a Trust property near you we would love to hear from you!

Activities could range from generally keeping an eye on a place during your daily walk with the dog, to more practical conservation work such as litter picking, clearing scrub or mending steps. Other opportunities to get involved in the future could include wildlife and molehill surveys, training to be a visitor guide, helping with school visits or organising events. 

Please email us your contact details and let us know which property you’re particularly interested in: info@norfarchtrust.org.uk

Now recruiting for

Visitor Surveyors needed this summer - 

Only have a couple of hours to spare and not looking for anything long term? This is the ideal role for you.

We need to find out more about who visits our sites, their motivations for doing so, how long they stay, whether they come regularly and what they enjoy at the site. We are collecting this information by carrying out visitor surveys at three of our sites; Caistor Roman Town, Burgh Castle and St Benet's Abbey.
 
Can you help us collect this information?
 

What are we looking for?

  • A people person, someone who enjoys chatting with others and has good communication skills
  • Someone who is happy to proactively approach visitors and ask them to answer a few questions about their visit using a standard supplied questionnaire
  • An accurate recorder, someone who can write down the visitors' responses to the questions in a clear and accurate way
  • Somone who can give us 2-3 hours as often as they can between July and October 2018. 

What’s in it for you?

  • An opportunity to meet new people and gain new skills
  • The chance to join a team of friendly, like-minded people 
  • Full training and induction - date for the diary is Tuesday 10 July
  • Supporting the work of the Norfolk Archaeological Trust

Next steps

Find out more about the role and how to get involved by contacting our Volunteer Coordinator, Katie, at natvolunteering@gmail.com

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Tour Guides at St Benet's Abbey -

Visitors listening to our volunteer tour guide at St Benet's Abbey

The Norfolk Archaeological Trust together with The Friends of St Benet’s Abbey are looking for volunteers to join our friendly team of tour guides. You will be required to greet our visitors on their arrival and take them around the site, telling them the story of its history, wildlife and people associated with the Abbey. You can also get involved in our 1000 year anniversary events planned for next year, 2019.

What are we looking for?

  • A people person, someone who enjoys chatting with others and has good communication skills
  • No previous knowledge of the site is needed, just a willingness to learn
  • Able to commit to about 10 tours between May and September. Tours are on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 15:00
  • Good mobility is required to get around this rural site

What’s in it for you?

  • Connecting with people in the beautiful Broadland landscape
  • An opportunity to meet new people and gain new skills
  • The chance to learn more about your local history
  • Full training and induction and the opportunity to shadow current guides
  • Supporting the work of the Norfolk Archaeological Trust

The location

St Benet’s Abbey, St Benet’s Road, Ludham, NR29 5NU

Next steps

Find out more about the role and how to get involved by contacting our Guide Coordinator, Marion, at The Friends of St Benet’s Abbey email tfosba@gmail.com

 

 

General Volunteer role descriptions at Trust sites

Click on each heading to download PDFs:

Warden

Guide

Leading school visits

Litter picking

Visitor survey

Keeping in touch: Twitter, blog and join us!

You can keep up to date with the latest news on volunteering opportunities by following us on twitter (@NorfArchTrust) and by signing up to the monthly blog - see the column on the left of this page. You can also become a member of the Trust and help us to continue looking after important archaeological sites in the county. 

Projects

New project for 2017-18: 'Imagined Land' at Tasburgh Earthworks and Burnham Norton Friary

The Norfolk Archaeological Trust has received a grant of £74,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project based at Tasburgh Earthworks and Burnham Norton Friary.The ‘Imagined Land’ 2-year project offers local people the chance to explore and celebrate the heritage of the sites at the heart of their communities, through practical research and creative activities.

The project will include a programme of archaeological ‘test-pits’ in gardens and fields outside the scheduled monument areas to find out more about the development of these enigmatic sites. Archaeological research will be used as the starting point for creative arts work – writing, music and craft making – culminating in historical pageants devised and created with local communities, including schools.

How to get involved

We aim to offer a wide variety of opportunities for voluntering on the project, ranging from documentary research, digging test-pits or offering your garden for a test-pit dig, to creative writing, singing and making lanterns for the village pageant celebrations.
 
For up to date information on events and activities and how to get involved, please check the Imagined Land project website or contact the Project Manager, Simon Floyd:
 
Tel: 07896 781574 
 

Burgh Castle Fort: Life outside the walls 2016
 

This successfully completed project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and aimed to find out more about the settlement that grew up outside the walls of the Roman Fort. For more details of the project and its outcomes please explore the 'Burgh Castle Fort: Life outside the walls' project website.

Volunteer-led school visits, guided tours and archaeological research are continuing at Burgh Castle. If you are interested in getting involved please get in touch: info@norfarchtrust.org.uk

The Friends of St Benet's Abbey 2012-2014

The two year Conservation Access and Community project at St Benet’s Abbey came to an end in June 2014 but you can still get involved with volunteering. The Friends of St Benet’s Abbey group launched in June 2014 and are the focus for continuing activities at the site. These include: 

  • Visitor guiding
  • Wildlife surveying
  • Maintenance of the site grounds
  • Organising events and activities
  • Helping with school visits

If you would like to find out more about helping The Friends of St Benet’s Abbey, or would just like to stay in touch please email tfosba@gmail.com.  Annual subscription is only £5! 

Norfolk Archaeological Trust Policies

Accident/Incident Report Form

Health & Safety Policy

Incident Reporting Policy

Volunteer Handbook

Expenses Form

Volunteer Lone Working Procedure

Volunteer Emergency Procedure (Burgh Castle)

Volunteer Emergency Procedure (Burnham Norton Friary)

Volunteer Emergency Procedure (Caistor Roman Town)

Volunteer Emergency Procedure (Fiddlers Hill)

Volunteer Emergency Procedure (Tasburgh)

Volunteer Emergency Procedure (St Benet's Abbey)

Volunteer Emergency Procedure (Bloodgate Hillfort, South Creake)

Equal Opportunities Policy

Working with Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults

Problem solving procedure for volunteers