Volunteering in Heritage

Briefing Pack

Published: 22nd December 2009

How to: get a volunteering placement in heritage

Rachel Clark, Volunteering Adviser, National Trust  has written a useful mini guide to getting a volunteering placement which can be found here...

Volunteering with Heritage Organisations

There are many different organisations across the UK dedicated to preserving our cultural heritage. If you want to take part in their work there are lots of wonderful ways and opportunities open to you:

Historic Royal Palaces

Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace. 

Their aim is to help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built.

Whether you could spare an afternoon each week or occasional hours they would value your support.  In return, they can offer volunteers behind the scenes insights and a special intimacy with the palaces.

For further details about volunteering at HRP...


The National Trust

The National Trust is a charity and is completely independent of Government. They rely for income on membership fees, donations and legacies, and revenue raised from their commercial operations.

They protect and open to the public over 350 historic houses, gardens and ancient monuments.

They also look after forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, downs, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, castles, nature reserves, villages - for ever, for everyone.

Are you looking for an exciting and interesting way to make a difference in conserving the environment and the UK's heritage? Whatever your interests or skills, they would love to hear from you.

Learn new skills, meet new people, work right at the heart of amazing buildings, gardens and landscapes. Just imagine what you could do...

For further details about volunteering with the National Trust…


The National Trust for Scotland

The National Trust for Scotland is the conservation charity that protects and promotes Scotland's natural and cultural heritage for present and future generations to enjoy. With over 310,000 members it is the largest conservation charity in Scotland and it depends for its support on donations, legacies, grants and membership subscriptions.

The Trust is unique in that its activities cover the full range of the cultural, built and natural heritage. Their challenge is to make this heritage relevant to the people of Scotland and all those who have an interest in Scotland's magnificent heritage.

Volunteering Opportunities

Whether you're looking to gain invaluable experience in the heritage sector, develop your interest in history or simply meet new people and more...

Working Holidays

The words ‘working' and ‘holiday' don't usually go together, do they? However, if you're passionate about conservation and more...

Conservation Volunteering

What are you up to this weekend - do you fancy making a difference? Why not get involved... 



Cadw is the historic environment service of the Welsh Assembly Government. 'Cadw' (pronounced cad-oo) is a Welsh word meaning 'to keep'.

They aim to protect the historic environment of Wales by working with partners and private owners. They want people to enjoy it, to learn from it, to preserve it for our descendants, and to share it with others.

Work Experience

Cadw offer work placement opportunities for a range of schemes, through from unpaid work experience for school-aged young people (14-18) through to 50-week paid sandwich course placements for under-graduates. For further details…


Opportunities are available in a range of roles at Plas Mawr, an Elizabethan town house in Conwy. The commitment to volunteering is flexible and you can choose how much time you would like to give. Find out more…

English Heritage

English Heritage, an independent charitable trust since 2015, is responsible for protecting a collection of over 400 historic buildings, landscapes and archaeological sites for the benefit of this and future generations.

English Heritage is now distinct from the new government body Historic England, which champions the nation's wider heritage, running the listing system, dealing with planning matters and giving grants.

For more information about volunteering with English Heritage…