Throughout 2018 Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens welcomed a new team of dedicated volunteers, who volunteer at Kelmarsh on a weekly basis in a number of different roles.
This year, the Hall changed the way visitors could interpret the Hall by offering free flow visits. With this, Kelmarsh introduced the volunteer role of Hall Stewards. The Hall Steward team do a brilliant job of looking after the Hall on open days and ensuring that visitors are having a good day. The Hall Steward’s also get involved with group visits, and special event days so that visitors are given historic information and can learn more about the Hall.
The gardening team have done a fantastic job of maintaining and caring for the Grade II* listed gardens at Kelmarsh. Kelmarsh welcomes three volunteer groups on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday who do a broad range of activities to keep the gardens looking fantastic. With the annual Dahlia Festival at Kelmarsh, the team put in a lot of hard work to ensure the gardens looked super, and get involved with delivering garden tours, flower arranging and a dahlia 'Bloom Room' display.
With a new Research and Care of Collections team, there has been great progress with looking after the objects in the hall. This is through the careful accessioning of objects to be displayed in our new set of rooms opened 'below stairs'. The team this year also managed to document and record over 1000 books throughout the Hall on two different projects.
With a new role of Learning and Activity volunteers, we are welcoming a new team to get involved with a range of adults and children’s educational opportunities. With school visits, forest school visits, lecture series, children’s summer programmes, and crafting, our volunteers got involved with a real range of activities! We also held a special WW1 event, which volunteers had a great involvement with, with knitting poppies, running poppy knitting sessions for visitors, researching letters from the front, creating a quilt display and stewarding on the day.
Photo credit: Sarah Vivienne