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 St Alfege Church Interpretation Research Volunteer 

Role description

The St Alfege Church Heart of Greenwich Place and People project aims to create a step change in how audiences experience the heritage of St Alfege Church. The project aims to connect with local school children and their families, students, history, music and architecture enthusiasts, volunteers and visitors to the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site through a wide ranging programme of community engagement activity, new interpretation and events focusing on three interconnecting themes:

• Inspirational architecture – exploring and unlocking the architecture, design and craftsmanship of this beautiful building.

• An extraordinary cast of characters – revealing the stories of the many prominent people associated with the church and the site.

• The Big Picture – placing St Alfege at the heart of the wider cultural and social development in Greenwich over time.

The project will enable St Alfege Church to play its part fully in the story of Greenwich, reaching visitors to the area and in the wider community and taking its place as a heritage destination worth visiting in the World Heritage Site. 

As a part of the project the church is going to develop new interpretation to make its many heritage stories visible to the public. Research Volunteers at the church will play an important part in supporting the interpretation designers in sourcing historical information to illustrate this rich heritage and bring it to life for the public.

The volunteer role

As a St Alfege Church Research Volunteer you will play a central role in researching and uncovering stories that help the interpretation designers create new interpretation which supports people to engage with and enjoy the heritage of the church and its place in the wider story of Greenwich. The kind of activities you might be involved in could include:

• Working to a research brief to source information to enhance new interpretation at the church.
• Spending time researching source material at the church, Greenwich Heritage Centre and other relevant archive repositories.
• Recording accurately details of material researched in line with guidance from the project team.
• Handling historic material with care and respect.
• Identifying key facts and stories for characters identified by the interpretation designers and following up leads, relating to family history, provided by members of the public.
• Reporting any serious issues, concerns, accidents and emergencies promptly.
• Recording personal hours of volunteering and passing these on to the church team.
• Taking part in relevant training and championing an inclusive approach in all work.

The support you’ll give us as a volunteer is of huge benefit to the project, and in turn we aim to make sure that you enjoy a valuable and memorable experience.

What we can offer you

• A friendly team led by the church’s Volunteer Development Manager.
• The opportunity to work alongside professional interpretation designers.
• A chance to meet new people and make professional contacts.
• On the job training research skills and heritage interpretation.
• Expenses for travel to volunteer.
• Regular volunteer social and networking events.
• New experiences and an opportunity to give something back.
• Formal recognition of skills development to aid CV or job applications.

What we’re looking for

• Polite and friendly people over the age of 18.
• A welcoming approach to working alongside others.
• An enthusiasm to develop knowledge of St Alfege Church and its heritage.
• People who have an interest in researching history and working to a brief set by the interpretation designers for the project.
• People who give attention to detail.
• People who enjoy working as part of a small, dedicated team.
• A positive attitude and willingness to offer help throughout your volunteering shifts.
It would be great if you have some of the following qualities, skills and experience
• An interest in heritage, architecture, local history or the Greenwich Maritime World Heritage Site.
• An interest in research and exploring archives.
• The ability to work as part of a team and be flexible.

Important information about volunteering at St Alfege Church

The research volunteers do will feed directly into the development of new interpretation at the church, so to make scheduling as manageable as possible we ask volunteers to commit to at least 10 shifts of research over a 6 month period.  
• Shifts will be flexible, but depending on when you indicate you are available to volunteer will include weekday working.
• You will be expected to attend an induction training session.
• Training will be embedded in the role, and you will work alongside the church and professional interpretation team to ensure you feel confident in carrying out the tasks you are involved in.

For further information regarding the research volunteer role & meeting dates please email Rebecca Parrant



Wendy Foreman, 18/09/2018