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. We’re looking for 10 – 15 people who are curious about the past and want to help us share the forgotten stories of Barnard Castle with residents, tourists, and visitors alike.
We will be supported by the St Mary’s History Research Volunteers who will dive deep into the archives to find out more about the forgotten history of Barnard Castle and its oldest church. They will share their findings which you can turn into 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:
- Create new content for our history blog
- Lead regular guided tours through the church and around significant places in Barnard Castle town
- Organise history talks and events
You will benefit from:
- Personal development and skills training
- Meeting new people
- Increased confidence
- A sense of achievement in helping to spark a local appreciation for the town’s history
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 can also choose whether you prefer public-facing tasks like guiding tours and organising events, or working more independently on research and writing blogs. However, you must be:
- Friendly, respectful, and professional when working with the public and each other
- Willing to learn and be part of a team
- Responsible and good at managing your own time
- Punctual and able to meet deadlines for any tasks you commit to, including public events
- Willing to commit long term