Heritage Volunteering is one of the key areas where Arts Society members can actively contribute to the preservation and promotion of the fine and decorative arts while enjoying interaction with fellow volunteers and professional supervisors.

Heritage Volunteer Groups, organised by individual Arts Society societies, are engaged on projects in galleries, museums, libraries and historic buildings within an accessible distance.

Projects can be short, perhaps related to a specific exhibition, but more often they can continue for longer periods of time fulfilling important tasks in the areas of documentation and care of collections which the professional staff would not have the time to complete. With a commitment of only a few hours a month Heritage Volunteers can achieve outcomes which are hugely appreciated by staff and public alike.

Further information about projects can be obtained from the Area Heritage Volunteer Representative  or the individual Arts Society societies listed on this Area website.

Societies are always interested to hear of possible new projects and members are always welcome to enquire about opportunities where their time and enthusiasm would be very much appreciated.

The Scotland and Northern Ireland Area Heritage Volunteer Representative helps societies and their groups with new projects, liaises with curators and conservators and reports on progress to the Volunteering Department and the Heritage Volunteer National Team House in London. The National Team can offer support and advice on conservation matters and on specific areas: Textiles, Books and Archives, Parks and Gardens, Arms Armour and Metalwork. Grants are available to help with training and materials.

Society Heritage Volunteer Representatives and Project Leaders organise the volunteers’ timetables and training with the professional supervisors.