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Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse to hold open day for prospective volunteers

An open day to find out about volunteering at a museum site is taking place tomorrow.

Staff at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse will be getting ready to welcome prospective volunteers from 11am-2pm, Thursday, 15 June, and give them a taster of the many exciting and varied roles available.

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is a large and varied museum site, telling the story of Norfolk life as well as life in the workhouse.

Landscape volunteers laying hedgerows Picture: Sarah Darnell
Landscape volunteers laying hedgerows Picture: Sarah Darnell

Based in the countryside, it is also the site of the Gressenhall Environment Hub.

Dedicated volunteers support almost all aspects of work at the museum, from events and workhouse tours, collections, and research to gardening and landscape conservation.

People interested in volunteering will be able to explore the site and find out about the different roles.

Volunteers working in the gardens Picture: Sarah Darnell
Volunteers working in the gardens Picture: Sarah Darnell

Current volunteers will be on hand to show others what they do and tell them about their experiences as a volunteer.

Rachel Kidd, curator and volunteer supervisor at Gressenhall, said: “At Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse there is a huge sense of community that comes with our volunteers.

“Lots of them have been with us for many years and bring an amazing amount of knowledge and skills in their various roles.

“I’d really encourage anyone interested in getting involved to come along to the open day, no matter what their level of experience. It will be a lovely, informal opportunity to find out more, without any obligation to sign up”.

Terry, collections volunteer, said: “I have been a volunteer in the collections team for 12 years and have enjoyed every minute of it.

“Duties include updating computer records, photography, and cleaning objects for display, I work with a great group of people and enjoy their friendship.

“I would recommend volunteering for everyone.”

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