Help bring history to life as a Walk & Talk guide…
The Armitt: Museum, Gallery, Library are on the lookout for volunteer Walk & Talk guides.
Walks & Talks are a very special part of the offer at The Armitt, they provide a unique experience for the visitor, incorporating the most photographed building in the Lake District. Walk & Talks currently take place on Thursdays every week, however the Armitt would like to add additional days with more volunteer support.
Principle tasks include:
- Conducting walk & talks around The Armitt and across to Bridge House for up to 45 minutes
- Answering questions from visitors
- Understanding the history of the museum and Bridge House, The Armitt’s collections, and the history of Ambleside
- Helping to develop different ranges and topics of guides
This is a rewarding opportunity for anyone with a passion for history who enjoys sharing knowledge with others. This role will develop your verbal communication, confidence, presentation, and time management skills.
Skills and qualities
You will need to attend an “Armitt Introduction” which will welcome you to The Armitt and provide some initial information on the role. This will be followed by arranging your first volunteering session which will become your “induction” – including site tour and staff meets.
In this role, we are looking for people who are willing to:
- Learn about the history of The Armitt and Bridge House – including the people, buildings and collections
- Take part in guide training
- Be physically fit
- Speak, engage and lead groups of people
- Be part of a team of volunteers and be supported by a supervisor
Dates and availability
Regular on a weekly basis; morning from 11:15am-12:30pm; afternoon from 2:15pm-3:30pm. We can work flexibly with you to determine what days would be of interest to you.
About the organisation
Full of interesting and unusual objects, The Armitt is a Museum, Gallery & Library that shares the history and heritage of Ambleside and its people. Founded by Mary Louisa Armitt in 1912, the Armitt is home to a varied collection of books, manuscripts, water-colours and archaeological remains, including Beatrix Potter’s fungi watercolours, Roman remains from the Ambleside fort, and Kurt Schwitters paintings.
If you are interested in this volunteer role or would like some more information about it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 07442 972 270