Heritage Volunteers

The Arts Society Heritage Volunteers help to conserve and preserve our heritage in vital but non-specialist  ways, by caring for collections, recording documents, guiding and stewarding, in museums, libraries, historic houses and gardens. They receive support and training from the professional staff at these institutions.

Currently, a group of volunteers has been working at  the Royal Green Jacket's (The Rifles) Museum in Winchester, cleaning and identifying pieces of Regimental silver, establishing hallmarks and, where possible, the significant history of each item, in an effort to contribute to the quality of catalogue information. This has been very satisfying work  and has included cataloging some very special pieces such as a superb table centrepiece made by the silversmith  Benjamin Smith 1847.

A further opening is with Whitchurch Silk Mill, who are looking for people to volunteer as guides at this historic and beautiful part of our industrial heritage; they have asked whether members of Basingstoke Arts Society would be interested.

More information will be on the volunteering notice board at future lectures.