Volunteer

Volunteers are highly valued people at the Howick Historical Village. So diverse is our need for volunteers that there is bound to be an area in which your contribution will give you pleasure and be of value to us too. When you become a volunteer you join a team of people who work together to carry out the many tasks that need to be done to keep the Village going. You may choose to work in a public role (in costume) or behind the scenes in a support role. Wherever you choose we will value your contribution. Initial and ongoing training will be provided.

Please identify clearly on the volunteer interest form which of the below areas you wish to help in.

Interest Form by Rachel

Education

Teaching (Costumed): In a touring capacity, volunteers give the correct knowledge to meet the different curriculum requirements for students. Volunteers may choose to perform or supervise half hour activities such as butter making, rag rug making, the Victorian toy activity.

Support: The education programme has a need for materials to support the activities which the students undertake when they come to the Village. The contribution of volunteers is highly valued. Other tasks might include preparing school lesson materials, making ink wipes, washing slates, mending toys, and cutting flax for the Raupo Hut models.

Guiding Visitors (Costumed)

A volunteer guide will meet and greet all visitors, ensuring they are presented with the history of the Village. A volunteer guide should possess good interpersonal skills, communication skills, and enjoy imparting knowledge to others.

Event Participation

Monthly Live Day Events (Costumed): The Live Day participant’s role is to interact with the visitor, share information about the Fencible period, and recreate many crafts and activities. Live Day volunteers commit to volunteering at least once a month, and attend monthly training sessions.

Annual Halloween Event (Costumed): We have two annual events that require the help of volunteers. This October is our Halloween event, where volunteers will be stationed around the village in creepy-looking attire.

Caring for Buildings

 Volunteers are responsible for the regular, on-going cleaning of a nominated building, based on our ‘Adopt a Cottage’ scheme. This involves sweeping, vacuuming, dusting, and tasks that are dependent on the type of building and its furnishings.

Gardening

Bed preparation, planting and cultivation, and harvesting will be a few of the tasks undertaken. The historical gardener should have an interest in traditional crops and may be involved in researching appropriate plants.

Archival Role

The Village has archival material, some photographic and some manuscript, which requires sorting and cataloguing. There is a need for people familiar with card indexing and computer database systems to meet this need. The archival role would ideally suit a person with a logical and tidy personality who likes imposing order!

Building Maintenance

The buildings in the Village date from 1840 and require on-going conservation.The Properties Team Leader can advise, guide and work with people with the appropriate skills to maintain the Village buildings.

Conserving and Maintaining

The work of conserving and maintaining the archives, textiles and objects is carried out by volunteers and interns who have skills in the related areas, and work under the direction of the Village Collections Manager.

Photography

Assigned to a station at our Live Day events, the photographer takes pictures of the guests. These photos are then put on Facebook for guests to have a souvenir. Live Day volunteers enjoy interacting with the public and commit to volunteering once a month.

Crafts (Costumed) 

Craft demonstrations take place on our monthly Live Day events. Craft volunteers enjoy interacting with the public, and commit to volunteering at least once a month. Men’s Crafts: Besom broom making, spoon making, rake making, pitch fork making, chungle making, blacksmithing, post and fence rail work, leather work, woodworking, pole lathe work, pipe making, pottery, straw plaiting. Women’s Crafts: Drop spinning, rag making, cross stitch, quilting, knitting, corn dolly making, sewing of clothes, pomanders, darning, weaving, wool felting

Music

Musicians that are able to play instruments that were present from 1840 to 1800 demonstrate their skills on our monthly Live Day event. Musicians are stationed throughout the village, providing music and interaction to the village guests, and commit to volunteering at least once a month.