Volunteers play an important part in the success of the Norfolk Archaeological Trust. From helping with conservation to offering visitors and schools guided tours, and even the odd bit of administrative work, there are a variety of ways to get involved and help support our ongoing work. No matter what your age or time availability you can get involved.
As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to meet new people, learn more about your local history or try out a new skill, and have the feel good factor of knowing you are helping a local charity. Here’s what some of our current volunteers have to say about their time with the Trust.
Volunteering is a great way to support the Norfolk Archaeological Trust and by helping us look after and share our sites you help us fulfil our core mission. We want to make sure all our volunteers get the most from their time with the Trust in recognition of the valuable work they do.
We look to engage volunteers in a variety of different roles and you can see our current volunteering opportunities below. We also ensure that all our volunteers have the right support, training and induction they need to carry out the role. Existing volunteers can find everything they need to volunteer on this page too.
SEE OUR CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES
To see opportunities and join us as a volunteer or to find out more
Ralph, Volunteer School Guide, Burgh Castle
“I volunteer to help under staffed schools with local history on site; with other volunteers I take groups around Burgh Castle Fort. Always when we get a really good class it makes life very worthwhile. What do I enjoy about volunteering? Being able late in life to still help make things tick.”
Marion, Volunteer Tour Guide, St Benet’s Abbey
“What do I enjoy about volunteering? Meeting and interacting with all the visitors, who are so interested and enthusiastic about St Benet’s Abbey.”
Emily, Volunteer, UEA Placement Student
“As part of my current studies at UEA I have been lucky enough to spend 15 weeks with the Norfolk Archaeological Trust where I’ve been involved in different aspects of the trust. I’ve learnt new skills and honed existing ones. I think it is safe to say that no two days have been the same.”
We want to make sure that volunteers get the most out of their time with the Trust and have created a handbook for new volunteers. This book gives you an overview of the Trust and an outline of all the things you need to know to volunteer with us. It complements a more specific role induction you will receive with your volunteer manager when you start.
Resources for Existing Volunteers
Health and Safety
The Trust is committed to providing healthy and safe conditions for our volunteers when carrying out their tasks. We do this by carrying out risk assessments and providing volunteers with the information, training and equipment they need to remain safe whilst carrying out their role.
To help us ensure our sites are safe, volunteers are reminded that they have a duty of care for themselves and also others who may be affected by their actions on sites. As part of this, we provide volunteers with emergency procedures for each site which can be found below, as well as an incident reporting form to report any accident, incident or near miss.