Picture the scene if you can….
In the shadow of the castle the feared man waits. He recalls with sharp clarity the cold cobbled street that quickly cleared of people and children on his approach, their respectful silence, downcast eyes, the distinct echo made from each of the steady steps he took as he walked to his destination. This was the man with the power of life and death. In another part of his house a child plays, whilst another studies chalk scratched writings, in the kitchen the lid of the pot rattles as the steam hisses and spits from the heated contents. The walls absorb all sound over time.
There’s a lot of history being revealed at the Judges Lodgings Museum and they want to share it.
The Judges’ Lodgings is Lancaster’s oldest Grade 1 listed town house, covering 3 floors (there is no lift) this allows visitors the opportunity to see how the Lancaster Castle Assize Court Judges lodged there between 1775 and 1975, while they were trying cases. Thomas Covell, Mayor of Lancaster and Keeper of Lancaster Castle, lived here.
Could you be a Volunteer Room Steward? Your role will be to create a warm, friendly, and welcoming environment to visitors and provide them with the knowledge and information about this historic building. Room Steward Volunteers should have a keen interest in the history of Lancaster and particularly the Judges Lodgings and be confident in sharing this knowledge when asked.
Opening Times: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 11am – 4 pm
- Volunteers will help with interpreting and explaining the building, the historic rooms, and its history for visitors while the museum is open.
- They will ensure the security of objects in their stationed room and inform the duty officer of any issues.
- Volunteers will also be responsible for ensuring that the rules of the museum are observed and provide basic emergency cover such as assisting in fire evacuations.
- Using good customer care skills the volunteer should be confident about having to approach visitors who touch or otherwise compromise objects and/or the building, and explain why they are asked not to do so.
- Willing to support staff with running family activities such as trails, craft activities and collection handling on occasion.
- Willing to support the Museum with their other activities.
- Log volunteering hours monthly and submit expenses where applicable via an on-line computer system
- Complete minimum level training e.g. safeguarding and commit to further training relevant to role
- Comfortable talking to people from many backgrounds and walks of life
- Patience and understanding
- Aware of confidentiality
- Approachable and friendly
- Able to learn and interpret historical facts
- Willing and able to negotiate an historic building with no lift
- Be able to engage with families and their children
- Willing to undertake appropriate H&S and collections training
Volunteers must have completed the required training before any activity can be undertaken and may be asked to regularly refresh training where required. Training will be provided in the form of peer support, distance learning or trainer led.
Required Age:18 years +
Judges' Lodgings Museum,15 Castle Hill, Lancaster LA1 1YS