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Heritage volunteer - Terry Halliwell

Volunteer heritage advisor Terry Halliwell talks about his role with us.

Terry Halliwell, Heritage volunteer, stood on towpath in front of boat Terry Halliwell, Heritage volunteer
"I now work alongside a great team of people with years of experience in the heritage sector and receive first class advice from my mentor." Terry Halliwell

How did you come to volunteer with us?

I started my working life as an apprentice bricklayer, then went onto teach civil engineering and building at Wigan and Leigh College for twenty two years. Having had a long standing passion for listed buildings and heritage, I decided to undertake a career change and enrolled at UCLAN on an MSc in Architectural Conservation. I completed this course in July 2012 and knew that to gain professional full membership of the IHBC and subsequent employment, I would need some experience in the conservation sector.

When the Canal & River Trust advertised for a volunteer heritage adviser, I thought this would be an excellent way to put in practice what I had learned at university.

What do you get out of it?

I consider myself to be very fortunate; I now work alongside a great team of people with years of experience in the heritage sector and receive first class advice from my mentor Audrey O'Conner who is the heritage advisor for the whole of the Northwest.

What does the role involve?

We actually get the opportunity to discuss and put in practice the key principles of conservation and the English Heritage National Heritage Protection Plan, which can be very challenging but at the same time rewarding. The Trust is the third largest owner of historic buildings and structures in the country, so there is the potential to work on a variety of buildings and structures.

I am currently involved with two Beehive coke oven projects, which are related to our industrial archaeological past. The work includes site visits, historical research, CAD drawing, meeting sector professionals, liaising with community groups, applying for funding and compiling rapid heritage assessments.

What would you say to anyone thinking of volunteering for us?

I am given a degree of autonomy and treated no different from other employees. More importantly the work is meaningful, rewarding and is recognised by employers as current experience.

Last date edited: 10 July 2015