Heritage sites across the Isle of Thanet rely heavily on the support of volunteers to be viable.
However, since the Covid-19 pandemic heritage attractions have suffered long periods of closure and restricted opening, with some organisations facing shortages of volunteers.
The emphasis now is on recovery, and rebuilding and re-energising the volunteer workforce sustainably for the future - and on attracting a greater diversity of well-trained and properly supported volunteers.
This project was instigated by the Margate Caves Community Education Trust, and works with fellow stakeholders Thanet District Council and East Kent College. Funding has been given by the National Lottery Heritage Fund for a two-year pilot project.
This pilot is working with: the Margate Caves; Dickens House Museum; the Margate Museum and Tudor House; the RAF Manston Museum.
The project's aims are to rebuild and expand the volunteer base and skills in this important sector, while creating employment opportunities to strengthen the paid workforce.
We will set the foundations for how we, in this sector, in Thanet can work together more effectively.
We will help with the recruitment, training and support of volunteers and their organisations across our partner organisations.
MADE POSSIBLE BY PLAYERS OF THE NATIONAL LOTTERY
OUR PROJECT PARTNERS
Margate Caves Margate Museum & Tudor House
Dickens House Museum RAF Manston History Museum