Museum Gardening volunteers – Gawthorpe Hall

Gawthorpe Hall are looking for Museum Gardening volunteers to help in the wider grounds.  The Gardening volunteers will assist full-time staff to look after the grounds and gardens, and give advice and assistance to visitors if required.

This role offers you an opportunity to helping the museum maintain the high level of care of the museum grounds, and you will get to meet new people, learn a range of new skills, and help us bring our sites to life for a wide range of audiences.

Please note that applicants MUST contact the Museum Manager prior to applying for this role on 01282 771004.

Gawthorpe Hall is a superb Jacobean house set in several acres of woodland with views across to Pendle Hill. The Hall’s beautiful historic rooms show life as it was in the Victorian period for the Kay-Shuttleworth family, and have a homely feel despite the grandeur of the building. The first floors houses displays of textiles collected by Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth. There is also a full programme of events across the year, bringing in extra visitors.

Gawthorpe Hall is a tower shaped building over 4 floors and unfortunately there is no lift. Please see our Access Statement for further information Gawthorpe Hall – Lancashire County Council

If you are interested in volunteering please speak to a member of staff on 01282 771004 or email before applying.

Overview of the Service

Lancashire County Council Museums Service provides public access to, and engagement with 6 historic buildings including Lancaster Castle, Judges Lodgings, Clitheroe Castle, Gawthorpe Hall, Helmshore Mills Textile Museum and Queen Street Mill. Our goal is providing high quality experiences for all, based on our key values which are: Supportive, Innovative, Respectful and Collaborative.

Schedule (Days/Times)

The Hall is open to the public from end of March to end of October, Wednesday through to Sunday.


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All tasks are carried out to assist, and under the supervision of a member of staff:

As a Gardening Volunteer you could be:

  • Assisting with any gardening or landscaping in the vicinity of the site including planting and pruning.
  • Clearing and maintaining pathways, entrances, carparks (if applicable), visitor routes etc.
  • Welcoming, Meet & Greet, Wayfinding, Signposting visitors.
  • Assisting visitors with where to park (if applicable)
  • Meet and greet for arriving coach parties (if applicable)
  • Litter picking around the grounds, particularly in the immediate vicinity of the museum and main visitor routes.
  • Providing a general introduction to the site and ensuring visitors know where the main parts of the site are.
  • Help to brighten up a visitor’s day.


Required Qualities:

You don’t need any previous experience of qualifications to volunteer, just enthusiasm and a willingness to learn!

We also ask that you:

  • Can commit to regular attendance at agree times
  • Are a good communicator
  • Have patience and understanding
  • Are friendly and approachable
  • Are reliable and committed
  • Comfortable talking to people from many backgrounds and walks of life
  • Complete minimum level training and commit to further training relevant to the role
  • Must have lived in the UK for 3+ years


Training will be provided where necessary and may be in the form of peer support, distance learning or trainer led.

Volunteers must have completed the required training before any activity can be undertaken and may be asked to regularly refresh training where required.

Essential training:

  • Safeguarding Children Level 1
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Safeguarding Adults Level 1
  • Equality, Diversity & Human Rights
  • Data Security Awareness
  • Health & Safety
  • Prevent Radicalisation


Is this post subject to Enhanced DBS/Vetting:  No


Required Age:

18 years +


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Gawthorpe Hall Museum
Burnley Road, Padiham, Burnley
BB12 8UA

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If you are interested in this opportunity please contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator for a chat, or click apply now.

Email: Lancashire Volunteer Partnership

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