St Mary’s Parish Church is one of the oldest buildings in Barnard Castle. Built at around the same time as the famous castle, St Mary’s sits at the heart of the town, and its story.
Our archive, which is mainly in the local record office, is filled with documents dating all the way back to the medieval period. We’re looking for 10 people who are curious about the past and want to dive into the archives with us to research the forgotten stories of Barnard Castle’s past.
You will receive training on how to explore the archives and do your own historical sleuthing! You will then use your training to help us with our research and uncover new stories. We’ll share our findings with the St Mary’s History Outreach Volunteers, who will create an exciting programme of tours, talks, and blogs that will unlock the history of Barnard Castle, to be enjoyed by tourists, visitors, and residents alike.
We’re looking for people who can help us:
- Carry out the research into forgotten history uncover new stories from archives
- Research different topics about the history of St Mary’s church, Barnard Castle, and the wider surroundings
- Create new content and blogs for the history segment of the website
- Help us compile material to offer a blue plaque activity for Barnard Castle
You will benefit from:
- Personal development and skills training
- New skills to help you uncover forgotten historic gems
- Spending time with like-minded people and make new friends
- Uncovering forgotten historic gems
- A sense of achievement in helping to spark a local appreciation for the town’s history
- Taking pride and ownership of your work
- Increased confidence
What is required?
There is no minimum number of hours per week or month that you need to commit. We are happy for any time you can give to us and we are very flexible around changes in your personal circumstances.
When you join us, you must be:
- Willing to learn and be part of a friendly team
- Willing to commit long term and use the training we give you to help us with our research
- Responsible and good at managing your own time
- Punctual and able to meet deadlines for any tasks you commit to
- Friendly, respectful, and professional when working with each other
Our project is funded by the National Lottery, which allows us to pay for your training. We only have a very limited number of spaces available in our training workshops, and the project cannot succeed without the help of dedicated research volunteers, so please only sign up if you are currently prepared to commit time to this opportunity on an ongoing basis.