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Help preserve the collection at Basildon Park for future generations to enjoy

Conservation / Restoration volunteers needed for Basildon Park (National Trust) in RG9

Conservation Volunteers are enthusiastic about the collection and house and want to make sure that everything we currently have is preserved here for future generations.

All collections need to be looked after and Basildon Park is no different. The conservation work we do at Basildon Park is a balance between presentation and care of our objects. Basildon Park has over 2000 objects; the house team therefore needs a bit of help to make sure that we can finish all our conservation jobs this year (and the next year, and the year after that!)

Conservation volunteers need to be passionate about caring for all elements of our collection and wanting to share Basildon Park’s stories with visitors.

What’s in it for you?

• Get closer to the collection then you have ever done before
• Learn new practical skills
• Share the knowledge you will gain about conservation with our supporters
• Feel a special part of the running of the house

What’s involved?

• Cleaning – Yes, much of what we do involves a lot of hoovering and dusting. This is both on a day to day basis and when we do our deeper monthly and annual cleaning. It is repetitive but it is to prevent our collection deteriorating.
• Conservation in Action – Carrying out conservation tasks in front of the public and discussing how, why and what you are doing.
• Inventory – Applying inventory marks to our unmarked collection and updating the old marking. Helping with the inventory check to make sure all our objects are accounted for.
• Storage – We try to rotate our objects so you will no doubt get a chance to create puffs and sausages with acid free tissue paper!
• Monitoring – Help the team fight the agents of deterioration. Light, pests and relative humidity are a few of these agents which can wreak havoc on our collections, monitoring them is therefore essential.
• All of these tasks help us maintain our collection and our position as an accredited museum.

Please be aware that this job is physically demanding. You may be required to (safely) manually handle objects of varying size and weight, frequently go up and down the many flights of stairs at Basildon and clean objects in uncomfortable positions.

This role will suit people who…

• Are patient – there is no quick fix when it comes to conservation and extra care is needed when handling objects of a delicate nature.
• Are flexible, you may not be working on the same job each week.
• Have good attention to detail.
• Are a good listener – you may be doing jobs you have done before, like hoovering, but everything is slightly different when it comes to conservation.
• Are enthusiastic – this really underpins all of the others and make the role so much easier and enjoyable!

Contact person firstname
Ann Jenkin , Conservation Volunteer
Lastname
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
01491 67290
Contact instructions?
Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday
Location address line 1
Basildon Park
Line 2
Lower Basildon
Town
Reading
Postcode
RG9 9NR

Map
Wheelchair accessible?
No
Car parking for the volunteer?
Yes
Secure bicycle parking?
No
Near public transport?
No
How much time?
A few hours a month
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMTue AMTue PMWed AMWed PMThu AMThu PMFri AMFri PMSat AMSat PMSun AMSun PM
Availability required
Any of these times
Task type?
Conservation / Restoration
Will suit someone like this:
Prefers a regular scheduleSelf organised/motivatedSociable
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
From the House Team Staff
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
From House Team Staff
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
Mileage paid
Will I need my own transportation?
Yes
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
No
Are references required?
Yes
Will there be an interview?
Yes
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
18
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
10
Opportunity added on
16 December 2019

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