Volunteer Heritage Assistant - Staffs & Worcester Canal


Reference: OPP0006233

Activities: Heritage, Outdoors, Regularly, Surveying

Starts: Anytime

Closing Date: 30 June 2018

Staffs & Worcester canal

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Caring for a historic network calls for specialist skills – and funding! We are seeking an enthusiastic volunteer to help us identify possible heritage enhancements along a length of the Staffs & Worcester Canal in the beautiful West Midlands, a gem in the inland waterway network.

Once you have your walking boots on, you will need to report back on the condition of heritage assets along the northern stretch of the canal, and report these back to the heritage team so we have a good starting point for any funding bids. Examples of things you could report back are – the need for repointing, removal of harmful past repairs (e.g. cement pointing), graffiti removal, opportunities for interpretation (for example the site of old wharves etc).

If you have an eye (and passion!) for the historic environment, this could be the role for you.


As well as much fresh air as you like, we also offer you the chance to see some fantastic waterway heritage and scenery. This role will also offer you the chance to volunteer alongside the local heritage advisor to gain some valuable experience to get ahead in the field. This role will be ongoing until the canal has been surveyed, and we can offer out of pocket expenses.

Skills required

We imagine that this role could be of particular interest to those currently studying a heritage discipline or those seeking work experience, but we are this is not exclusively for students or recent graduates.

Anyone with a suitable background could get involved, additionally you should be comfortable using a camera, Microsoft Office applications and have good written communication skills. Please contact us for a more detailed task description. Please note that this role will also require occasional travel to the Birmingham office.

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