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Heritage Volunteers are members of The Arts Society actively involved in the conservation of our nation’s heritage. They give their time to help cataloguing, conserving books and textiles. They act as stewards in historic houses and museums, research and record historic gardens, create replicas of period costumes, and learn about methods of storage. Heritage volunteers have commitment and discipline. They enjoy working as part of a group and through their activities learn new skills, which they acquire from professional conservators and curators. Being a Heritage Volunteer is both stimulating and rewarding.  

 Heritage Volunteering in the Essex Area is very active. Here are some examples of projects in the area: 

Bourne Mill (NT), Colchester – researching the history of the Mill for the Mill’s webpages. Maintaining and planting the Physic Garden designed by two Arts Society members.

Braintree Museum – cataloguing Warner and Courtauld fabrics.

Chelmsford Museum – helping in various capacities.

Coggeshall Abbey – guiding on the Invitation to View Days and other visits.

Colchester and Ipswich Museums – cataloguing and repacking Roman coin collection, glass plate negatives and making replica costumes. Making hangers and costume bags, stitching aprons and Victorian pinafores for children’s workshops, constructing medieval banners. Checking and packing antique fans and bonnets.

Copped Hall, Epping – keeping displays of kitchen utensils, brassware, silver and porcelain looking their best for open days.

East Anglian Railway Museum, Wakes Colne – checking and cataloguing railway uniforms and everyday clothing, making inventory of room contents, researching archive material (badges, banners etc.) 

The Gibberd Gallery, Harlow – stewarding and working in the gallery’s garden.

Household Cavalry Museum, London – organising children’s activities.

Maldon Museum – stewarding and helping with displays.

The Munnings Art Museum, Dedham – stewarding, cataloguing the Museum’s archives, the paintings, house contents, press cuttings, horse show rosettes.

Paycocke’s House, Coggeshall – cataloguing and documenting the house furniture and china collection. Compiling a plant inventory.

The Plume Library, Maldon – cleaning and restoring books.

The Roman Circus Mosaic, Colchester – repairing and mounting the mosaic. Help manning exhibition at Roman Circus House.

Sir John Soane Museum, London – guiding.

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, Purleigh, Chelmsford – helping in various capacities.

Two Temple Place, London – stewarding.

Westminster Abbey, London – guiding.

William Morris Gallery, London – helping at front of house and to organise events and activities.

Last updated November 2018