Helping with open days, group visits, school tours
We have a small visitor operation at Crownhill Fort and this is made possible thanks to out volunteers. There are many opportunities to help at public open days and no experience is necessary.
In between public events we host tours for school parties, history societies and groups of friends. Tour guides lead these groups into museums, over ramparts and down to underground defences delivering an experience that will not be forgotten in a hurry.
With 140 years of history at the Fort our tour guides have a lot to learn. We help by letting new guides shadow those with more experience, by loaning books and texts for reading and by giving access to the archives detailing the restoration work that took place.
Task Force Tuesdays
For those who prefer their volunteering to be a bit more hands on why not join us on Tuesdays from 10am to help with repairs, conservation and site management?
Volunteers have helped to restore gun carriages, overhauled museum displays, improved the accessibility of the site, helped to manage the Fort grounds and assisted with the day to day running of the site. Plenty more exciting projects are in the pipeline and everyone is welcome regardless of any prior experience.
We provide the tools and the safety equipment, you will need to wear stout footwear and clothes you do not mind getting dirty in.
Curatorial work in the museum displays
There are three display rooms at Crownhill Fort and they require ongoing management to ensure they look their best. Cataloguing, refreshing and maintaining of displays are all in a day's work.
Curators have access to several cabinets of archive material and a store room full of artefacts that they can use to enhance the visitor experience at the Fort.
You will need to register with us as a volunteer before turning up for your first session. A member of staff will invite you to meet fellow volunteers so you can decide whether volunteering is for you. Your first session will begin with a short site induction and help is always on hand if you are unsure about anything.
Contact the Landmark Trust office at the Fort, [email protected] to find out more.