Being the public face of a popular tourist attraction
Volunteer, National Trust (Current Employee) – Petworth House, West Sussex – 20 October 2014
The best thing about being a volunteer at Petworth House is the chance to meet and interact with the visitors and to share knowledge with them in a friendly manner. I love answering their questions and sharing information with them. On a typical day, I can be giving a series of introductory talks in the morning each lasting about 15 minutes bringing the people who occupied the house over the centuries to life, and spending the afternoon as a steward in any one of the state rooms or kitchens. As a founding member of the Costumed Interpreation Team, I can be bringing to life the role of the House Steward or the Chef, explaining their lives to visitors of all ages. Being a house of art as well as a historic home, I have found out a huge amount about paintings and sculpture that I missed in education. Through good management, I have been able to make the most of my inter-personal skills, and encouraged to participate in the Volunteer Steering Group, representing the views of my co-workers and working with staff at a strategic level. Like many organisations, the National Trust simply could not function without us as effectively. Hardest part of the job? Keeping warm in the winter months undoubtedly!
Interesting co-workesr from all walks of life; 20% discount on all NT products