Living History Volunteer Interpreters

Organisation Name: Wensleydale Railway

Organisation Address:
Leeming Bar Station
Leases Road
Leeming Bar

Organisation's Cause:
Arts / Culture / Heritage / Museums
Children / Young People / Families
Local Community

Type of Voluntary Activity:
Arts & Entertainment
Greeter / Welcomer
Teaching / Training
Volunteering with Children & Young People
Volunteering with Older Adults

Location of Voluntary Activity:
Close to York

Role description:
The Wensleydale Railway has received lottery funding to renovate the Leeming Bar Station House into a living museum and education centre. We're taking our visitors back to 1925 and we need people who love a bit of live-action drama and dressing up in period costume to send our visitors on a journey through time in the Station House. Help us make the heritage experience real by greeting our visitors in the kitchen, the Station Master's Parlour, the Post Room, the Ticket Office, the Waiting Room and the Wash Room. Take them on our Talks & Tours or join in the family activity fun. We're also looking for those who can interview older people with long memories for our Reminiscence project.

Skills and behaviours needed for the role:
We will offer full training but if you can bring a flair for pubic-facing roles, a bit of acting talent, and an interest in this period of history, then you'll be making a great start. You might be wanting to add skills in speaking to the public, helping children learn, or platforming your thespian abilities. For those interested in Reminiscence, people-facing skills or some experience with dementia patients might be something we can learn from you.

Will there be a DBS check? Yes

Driving Licence required? No

Volunteer's own vehicle required? No

Suitable for:
Short term Volunteering
Volunteers Under 16
Volunteers Under 18
Work Experience

What will the volunteer gain/benefit from:
This opportunity is valuable to any potential career but those looking for careers in education and teaching, marketing and PR, heritage and the museum sector, social work and law would certainly benefit. You might be wanting to gain drama, teaching and presentation skills and experience for an A level, a Further Education application, some CPD, a change of career direction or you might just enjoy being part of a lively, like-minded team. We'll log all your training, experience and work so that you have a portfolio of skills that employers value - and you'll be able to present them with confidence. We can help with transport cost for those on low incomes.

When are volunteers needed: Immediate start.

How to get involved:
Contact Carrie Scott Hall (Volunteer Coordinator) on and leave a contact number for an initial chat.

Web link: Click here

Closing date: 09-12-2021