Where: Historic House and gardens in Rothbury, Northumberland
What: Home of Lord Armstrong – one of the North East's great Victorians; first house in the world lit by hydroelectricity; large rock garden and fantastic woodland estate; one of the red squirrel's last strongholds; rhododendron maze, adventure playground, lake and gardens
Volunteer Roles required:
1. Room Guides
Help provide a watchful eye over the House’s show rooms and act as helpful point of contact for visitors, answering questions about the House and its history.
2. Behind the Scenes
Usually take place during the houses’s closed season (November to March), including book cleaning, textile cleaning, photography and inventory.
3. Education Guide
During Term time volunteers act as guides/faciltitators for school parties visiting Cragside House and the grounds, following the Armstrong Trail.
Benefits to volunteers:
Acquire knowledge of this historic house; experience working with public; gain better understanding of work involved in running an historic house and an education programme. In-house training and additional training possible. Take part inVolunteers’ Christmas dinner and get-togethers.