Volunteer at Highciffe Castle

Join our team of dedicated volunteers

You’ll be part of a large, friendly team who share a passion for Highcliffe Castle. Learn new skills, add valuable experience to your CV and make new friends. So whether you want to pursue a career in heritage, or just want to meet new people and indulge your passion, we want to hear from you.

We are currently not recruiting new volunteers; please follow the link at the bottom of the page to register your interest and we will be in touch soon.

Volunteer with Us

Costumed Interpreter in a white wig and queen costume representing Costumed Interpretation and Tour Guiding at Highcliffe Castle

COSTUMED INTERPRETER

As a costumed interpreter and tour guide, you have a passion for history and performing.

Our costumed tour guides really bring our previous owners to life from our most famous tenant Gordon Selfridge, to Lady of the house, Lady Louisa Waterford.

Story Teller dressed in a mask and Italian dress representing Story Teller volunteers at Highcliffe Castle

STORY TELLER

Dragons in dungeons, ghosts and ghouls and seaside adventures.

We are looking for individuals who are great at telling stories and reading books to young families (with all the voices!). If you have an acting background or a love of bringing stories to life then you will suit this role perfectly.

‘Story time at the Castle’ will begin in Spring/Summer 2021 and is hoped will entertain young and old alike.

Story Teller dressed in a mask and Italian dress representing Story Teller volunteers at Highcliffe Castle
An Education Volunteer from Highcliffe Castle assisting a child in dressing up in period costume

ACTIVITY AND LEARNING

As part of our brand new team of activity and learning volunteers, you’ll help inspire young and old to be more curious and learn new skills. Our Activity and Learning programme aims to reach pre-school children through to retired members of our community and volunteering is key in helping us deliver these aims. As a volunteer you’ll be creative, child-friendly, great at communication and able to work with a variety of ages and circumstances.

Three Highcliffe Castle archive volunteers delving through storage boxes and cataloging the items

DELVE INTO OUR ARCHIVES

Our team of archive volunteers have an eye for detail and have good computer skills. Although much of our collection is now owned by the V&A Museum, we still have many of the original items from the Castle as well as our paper archive. Our archive volunteers work hard to identify and catalogue our collections.

Three Highcliffe Castle archive volunteers delving through storage boxes and cataloging the items
Two Room Stewards of Highcliffe Castle conversing with each other

BRING OUR HISTORY TO LIFE

After the devastating fires in the 1960s the Castle was left a shell and although it has been restored, much of the contents were lost or bought by interested parties. Our tour guides and room stewards have a passion for history and talking to groups of visitors; bringing the Castle’s interesting past to life.

A happy and friendly volunteer welcoming visitors to Highcliffe Castle in the Castle Shop

WELCOME OUR VISITORS

As a Visitor Reception volunteer, you’ll be the first point of contact for visitors coming into the Castle. You’ll give each visitor a warm and friendly welcome, as well as letting them know how to make the most out of their visit. Our Visitor Reception is a busy place where you’ll be processing admission tickets, selling guided tours and items from our shop as well as helping orientate our visitors.

A happy and friendly volunteer welcoming visitors to Highcliffe Castle in the Castle Shop
Three spades digging in the dirt

TENDING THE GROUNDS

The Castle sits in 14 acres of land from the manicured Parterre by the Wintergarden to woodland connecting up to Steamer Point Nature Reserve. Our active garden volunteers love being out in the elements and help keep the grounds looking their best throughout the year, come rain or shine.

Large gathering of the public watching a live outdoor event at Highcliffe Castle on the grassy lawn

STEWARDING EVENTS

The Castle hosts a range of fun and exciting events throughout the year from family theatre and music concerts to large trade shows and free music events at weekends. Our event stewards are active, great with people and ready to tackle changes and challenges in an innovative and positive way. As an event volunteer you will be helping the team check tickets, help event-goers with site orientation and processing payments for tickets. Sometimes you may be asked to help with drinks and car parking duties.

Please note that we are currently not recruiting for this role but please do check this page again in the future.

Large gathering of the public watching a live outdoor event at Highcliffe Castle on the grassy lawn

Student Placements and Work Experience

Student Work Placements at Highcliffe Castle

Looking to develop your skills, work on a specific project for your course and gain valuable practical experience?

We have a range of opportunities for students at the Castle. Complete your two week college and school placements. Or get involved in projects which give you a chance to apply your skills developed during your undergraduate or post graduate degree.


Get in touch today to see how we can help you with your career aspirations.

Apply Today

Click on the link to sign up to our online volunteer system and apply to volunteer with us in 2021.

Apply here to become a volunteer


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