From April this year we have entered a new and exciting phase of the Castle’s history as we open the newly refurbished East Wing. With exhibitions as well as archive and reading room, we need enthusiastic volunteers to join our team as room guides and to welcome our visitors.
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.
Tell our stories
After the devastating fires in the 1960’s 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 to bring the castle’s interesting past to life.
Delve into our archives
Our team of archive volunteers have an eye for detail and have a passion for research. Although much of our collection is now owned by the V&A museum, we still have many of the original decorations from the castle as well as our paper archive. In Spring 2019 the castle will have bespoke archive and reading rooms and work is already underway to identify and catalogue our collection.
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 at their best throughout the year, come rain or shine.