About the Role
Nestled on the shores of Lake Windermere in Cumbria, this extensive working mill produced literally millions of wooden bobbins vital to the Lancashire spinning and weaving industries. It is now the only working bobbin mill left in the Lake District today. Although small compared to other mills, some 250 men and boys (some of whom were drafted from workhouses) worked here over the years in often arduous conditions to produce a quarter of a million bobbins a week.
English Heritage is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to work with the Site Manager and team, to undertake minor improvements, ensuring the upkeep and presentation of this historic property. This will enable our visitors to enjoy our unique site even more.
Please note that this role will be ad-hoc and there may be quieter periods with fewer opportunities.
You will be using your skills to help us with small-scale maintenance and cleaning tasks, together with the upkeep of our landscape. The variety of tasks could include:
- Cleaning existing signage
- Repairing and painting wooden picnic benches or fences
- Lubricating joints/hinges on doors, gates, windows etc
- Checking that the car park is tidy, and presentable and reporting any issue to the site team
- Assist with horticultural tasks as required by the Site Manager, for instance, weeding, pruning, watering and planting around the site.
- Assisting the Site Manager to process wood for bobbin-making and the steam boiler
Where and When
- Stott Park Bobbin Mill, Finsthwaite, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 8AX
- This role is incredibly flexible as the site’s needs are seasonal, so some months may be quieter than others. As many of the tasks will vary depending on site need, such as collecting wood, there may be more opportunities during the Winter seasons.
- Our Lead Volunteer will regularly share any available opportunities which you can choose from, based on your availability.
Who we’re looking for
We are looking for enthusiastic and committed people who would enjoy working with our friendly team. Having a good understanding of health & safety principles you will be experienced in working on practical tasks such as painting and low-level maintenance.
This role requires you to be confident at walking on uneven surfaces, both around the site and the car park. This role will also include lifting and moving objects such as wheelbarrows and pieces of wood
- Happy and willing to get your hands dirty and enjoy working outdoors all year round
- Practical and able to come up with creative solutions to overcome general maintenance issues
- Self-motivated and happy to either work alone or be part of a team
- A basic level of horticultural knowledge would be beneficial
To find out more about this role, please download the role description.
Why volunteer with English Heritage?
Volunteering is your opportunity to play a part in protecting and presenting some of the greatest places in England. Your support is extremely valuable to us and we want to make sure you have an enjoyable and rewarding volunteering experience. Find out more reasons to volunteer with English Heritage.
Please note; due to very uneven ground and access issues, a high level of mobility is required to access the site. A large part of the site is open to the elements, so volunteers in this role may have to stand for long periods and potentially spend some time outside.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 07442 972 270 for more information about how we can personally support you in this role, or for any further accessibility information.