Osterley Park – Room Guide



Details of the Charity:

‘oh! The palace of palaces! and yet a palace sans crown, sans coronet – but such expense! Such taste! Such profusion!’ Horace Walpole, 1773

In 1761, the founders of Child’s Bank commissioned Robert Adam to create an elegant neo-classical villa for them to use as a summer party house. Today, the House is set in over 350 acres of park and farmland and is one of Britain’s most complete examples of Adam’s work. We are dependent on the enthusiasm and varied skills of our volunteers to keep the magic of Osterley alive. With over 20 different volunteer roles on property we have an incredibly diverse and welcoming volunteer community that it is a pleasure to be a part of.

Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

If only these walls could talk! That’s why our volunteer room guides make such a difference. They’re passionate about family stories, art and interiors, and love making people feel at home. They know all the must-see spots, and help us to share the ways we’re looking after them.

By getting involved, you could:

  •  Get to know Osterley Park by heart and learn its secrets
  • Use your people skills to welcome and inspire visitors from all over the world
  • Be part of a varied and enthusiastic team and make new friends
  • Spend time in fabulous rooms jam-packed with history

What’s Involved?

  • Welcoming every visitor
  • Learning more about Osterley Park, so you can share all that’s special – indoors and out
  • Helping visitors to discover more, making suggestions so they can enjoy their day, their way
  • Helping if people ask, and thinking about the needs of all visitors, including disabled people and families
  • Using your knowledge or skills, for example giving talks, helping with children’s activities, handling collections
  • Showing visitors the safest routes out of the building in an emergency
  • Helping visitors understand why we need to take care of special places and, if needs be, raising any concerns you have with staff
  • Getting to know health and safety and evacuation procedures
  • There might be some other activities that are of interest to you, that we could use your help with.

Skills you Require from the Opportunity:

  • Full of enthusiasm, hoping to inspire visitors of all ages
  • Someone who loves being around people – you’ll meet a lot each day!
  • Interested in Osterley Park – you don’t need to know the history of the universe, but as a room guide you’ll pick up lots of facts and figures
  • Available at least once a fortnight

Additional Benefits to the Volunteer?

  • We’ll help you get to know Osterley, how you can help and how you will work with the rest of the team – with induction and training
  • We provide equipment to help you do this role well and safely.
  • We’ll also cover agreed costs of your travel between home and Osterley
  • Line manager – Ellie Jones, House and Collections manager

Interested? Apply Below!

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