Interpretation Assistant (Tours) - Orcheston, Wiltshire
About the Church
One of two Medieval churches in a small village off the Salisbury to Devizes road, St George’s is attractively secluded in its lush valley. It is built of flint and stone with a Norman north door and 13th-century windows in the nave and chancel. The main windows are Perpendicular, as is the low tower with its fine, tall panelled arch.
Your role will be to schedule, market, and lead guided tours of the church; improving the visitor experience, exposing new audiences to heritage, and raising donations for the Churches Conservation Trust. Visitor Interpretation Assistants are the public face of the Churches Conservation Trust, providing a welcoming presence to visitors and playing an essential role in telling the stories of the church and the people associated with it.
- Taking information from the various sources, including the existing church guidebook, to put together a basic script for your own “visitor tour” of the church. The format this can take is very flexible and open to creative interpretation.
- Working with your Volunteering Officer to develop creative and exciting ways of telling the stories of the church (e.g. through, visuals, sound, handling artefacts, interactive activities) and making them appealing to a wide range of audiences.
- Scheduling dates when you will offer guided tours, and with the help of your Volunteering Officer, advertising these locally and on the CCT website.
- Greeting visitors, communicating an enthusiasm for the church and its history. Ensuring a positive experience for visitors by answering queries, encouraging discussion and promoting the work of the CCT
- Ensuring that the church is well presented to visitors; tidying and filling up leaflet racks, occasionally dusting and sweeping when necessary.
- Monitoring all matters affecting the church’s contents, its use and enjoyment by visitors, and reporting back concerns as appropriate
- Being conversant with and capable of implementing emergency fire, evacuation and accident procedures.
- Following security procedures to prevent theft or damage
- Being an active part of the volunteer team, supporting your peers and attending training workshops where necessary.
- Completing a short site inspection form on each visit to the church.
- Becoming familiar with and following the Trust’s Health and Safety Policy at all times
This will suit people who…. have an enthusiastic and friendly manner, enjoy meeting people, like operating as part of a team but able to work on their own initiative and who are keen to learn about the operation and management of a heritage attraction. Creative individuals with a knack communicating with a wide range of audiences in a variety of styles will be very successful in this role. A passion for helping others learn about history is essential.
- You will receive a half day induction course and introduction to your role. This welcome meeting will also be an opportunity to explore your hopes, expectations and requirements.
- There will be a full time member of CCT staff to support you in your role, and a small budget can be made available to explore and realise your ideas for interpretation at the church.
- You will be part of a team of volunteers in similar roles across the West of England and have the opportunity to join group meetings / social events, including our Annual Volunteer Conference.
Time Commitment: Flexible. We would like you to commit to a minimum running one tour every 6 months. The role is on-going and all year round.