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HERITAGE VOLUNTEERS AT ARUNDEL CASTLE

NADFAS volunteers from Walberton and Arun have been working at Aundel Castle for 27 years. At the moment there are 11 volunteers and we usually work in groups of four. The archives at the Castle form one of the largest private collections in the country. Those kept at the Castle include all family papers and estate papers from Norfolk, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex and London. The documents are from the 12th century to the early 20th century. We clean all the books in the library every year between January and March completing the task before the Castle opens to visitors around Easter. During the rest of our time at the Castle we work at the top of one of the towers, which can be very cold in the winter, where we clean and package documents, plans and seals. Recently we started a new project concerned with the 20th century Estate Office correspondence. If you would like further information, please contact: Christine Brocklebank thebrocklebanks@btinternet.com

LIFE OF AN ARUNDEL MUSEUM HERITAGE VOLUNTEER By Tom Little

Having recently moved to the area,I was keen to join Walberton DFAS and to become more involved so I jumped at the chance when vacancies for Heritage Volunteers occurred at Arundel Museum.

Since I had previous experience of dealing with customers and press and publicity, I was invited to become a member of the Arundel Museum marketing team with a special role of writing reviews for the press on the Arundel Museum Talks Programme.

In addition, I was happy to be part of the front of house team dealing with customers and visitors to the Museum Shop, the Museum itself, as well as the Tourist Information enquiry  point. This usually involves attending one afternoon per week but hours are flexible. For the first time in my life I had to learn how to operate an electronic/digital till, which proved a lot easier than I'd expected.

Indeed, thanks to NADFAS/Walberton DFAS, I welcomed the opportunity to get settled into  new area and to  meet both locals and  visitors alike. It has greatly broadened my knowledge of the area and its history and characters, which I have drawn upon in dealing with the public. I can whole heartedly recommend Heritage Volunteering both in terms of benefit to the museum and on a personal level.

For further details please contact Diane Pyant -  volunteer@arundelmuseum