The Arts Society Heritage Volunteers are teams of committed non-specialist volunteers who work under the guidance of curators and other professionals to help conserve our heritage in, for example, museums, National Trust properties, historic houses, libraries and gardens. They give their time to care for collections, record documents and act as guides and stewards.

Heritage Volunteering is a rewarding activity - not only is there the satisfaction of helping in a conservation project, but there are opportunities for working with a team and learning new skills.

Latest news

Heritage Volunteers Needed

Ian Milton has joined the Committee to move forward with 2 new Heritage Volunteering projects and has started discussions with members and local organisations to decide what that project could be. Ian has a career background as a chartered librarian and in adult education and so is well qualified to lead us. He also has a deep interest in local history - he has served as Chairman of the Chichester Canal Trust recently.

The Novium Museum, Chichester - Digitisation of documents

The Novium has a programme to digitise much of its collection. We have been asked to help with scanning and digitising documents from its social history collection such as receipts, letters, leaflets, posters, event promotions and election handouts dating back to before Victorian times. The project would consist of scanning documents using their in-house scanner, cropping the image and labelling them, uploading them to the correct file and updating a completed record on a spreadsheet. Click here for more details

Chichester Cathedral - organising its estate documents

The Estates Department has a large collection of documents relating to the structure of the Cathedral and the adjacent buildings that it owns such as plans, drawings, minutes, letters and notes relating to at least the last 100 years. We have been asked to sort the documents into subjects, weeding out items of no long term use and then cataloguing them on to a database. Click here for more details

Chichester Festival Theatre

Members from the Arts Society Lavant Valley group have been volunteering with Chichester Festival Theatre since 2012, listing and cataloguing our historic archives including film reels and Lesley Evershed-Martin’s newspaper scrapbook.

The Theatre’s Heritage and Archive Manager commented that “The theatre is very grateful for the dedication, unrelenting support and commitment the Arts Society Volunteers have shown to CFT.  They are passionate, have a great sense of fun and work to a very high standard".

Regretably volunteers are not currently being sort for this project.