Volunteers are needed for a new temporary display gallery & associated events running at Preston Manor between April and November 2016.

There are also opportunities for similar work at the ‘Where Witchcraft Lives’ temporary exhibition at the Old Courthouse, Brighton from early August to early September 2016


Task Duties You
Meet & greet Being welcoming to visitors in the main entrance hall and directing them to the display You enjoy talking with people & being helpful
Gallery assistant Sitting in with the display

Counting numbers of persons in the room with regard to the room person restriction on busy days and alerting Manor staff when number levels are reached

You enjoy quiet activities and have a methodical observational nature


Gallery interpreter Sitting in with the display

Talking to visitors about the display, especially those visitors new to the subject

You are a good communicator with excellent inter-personal skills

You are willing to learn about Doreen Valiente and the subjects covered in the display and/or you already have a good basic knowledge of Witchcraft, Paganism, folklore, local history & customs and associated subjects

Event assistant Helping with the public event programme You are a good people-person or wish to develop your inter-personal skills

You would like to learn about museum event management by getting hands-on experience


What skills are we looking for?

As a volunteer you will ideally:


  • Have an interest in Witchcraft, Paganism, Folklore & Customs, Sussex history
  • Be flexible and prepared to work with the Visitor Services Officers and event staff at Preston Manor and members of the Doreen Valiente Foundation
  • Enjoy communicating with different people


Your availability

The display at Preston Manor initially runs from early April until the end of September 2016 and we are looking for people who can commit time within these months on a rota system with other volunteers. You might be able to offer a small amount of time or longer periods. All applicants are welcome and there will be plenty of flexibility to fit in with your other commitments.

Some events are in the early evenings.

Preston Manor is open to the public from 1 April to 30 September on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday afternoons from 2pm to 5pm

Opening hours may be extended into October & November when Preston Manor normally closes for the winter season and volunteering opportunities may continue into these months.


The Old Courthouse

If you are interested in volunteering at the temporary exhibition in August and September we are taking contact details. Duties will be similar to those at Preston Manor.


What will you gain from volunteering?


Support: As a volunteer you will be supported by staff at Preston Manor.


Experience: You will learn the workings of a public facing programme within a historic house. You will be working with a dedicated team of people to provide a service. The opportunity will provide experience of the historic house environment and of the demands and needs of a historic house and of the visitors. We value volunteers and aim to provide a worthwhile experience of this part of the museum sector.


Reference: We are more than happy to provide a reference on request for any future job applications.


If you would like to apply:


If you would like to be involved please contact: paula.wrightson@brighton-hove.gov.uk stating your availability (if you know yet) and the task or tasks you prefer


If you have any queries please feel free to email or call on: 01273 292981 (9a.m to 4pm Tuesdays to Fridays until the end of March and thereafter Tuesdays to Saturdays, except for May when Mondays to Fridays)



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