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West Norfolk stately home seeks new volunteers as £6 million renovation work begins

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If you've ever wanted to get involved in maintaining our historic buildings, then the team in charge of a West Norfolk stately home is offering the chance.

More volunteers are being sought at Oxburgh Hall, as part of a multi-million pound renovation programme which officials there are describing as their most ambitious to date.

And a drop-in event will be held at the National Trust-owned site next Friday, September 27, for would-be recruits to find out more.

Oxburgh Hall
Oxburgh Hall

Sarah Purse, the hall's volunteer and community involvement officer, said: “We think this is a really exciting time to join the team and become a volunteer at Oxburgh Hall.

"With major conservation work happening and new experiences to share with visitors, we’d encourage anyone thinking about volunteering, to visit us to find out what’s involved.

“Making new friends, working in an amazing place and knowing you’re helping a great cause are just three reasons to volunteer at Oxburgh Hall.

"This ambitious project means we will need more volunteers than ever before, and we’re hopeful that these new roles will appeal to lots of different people.

"Most importantly, you don’t need to be an expert. There are a wide range of roles to choose from and we’re here to offer training and support.”

Around £6 million is being spent on repairs to the building's roof, windows, chimneys and medieval gatehouse façade.

Officials say the work is vital to secure the hall's long-term future, as well as the historic collections housed there.

The new opportunities include helping with under-floor archaeology and leading a new series of tours that are being developed to help shed light on the work and Oxburgh’s story.

Following the allocation of a lottery grant, the house will also be re-displayed and a new Gatehouse experience unveiled next year, where more helpers will be needed.

The information session is on next Friday, September 27, between 10.30am and 3pm.

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