FRIENDS OF THE MANSION HOUSE

The friends play a vital role in welcoming visitors to the Mansion House, sharing their enthusiasm and knowledge with visitors to enhance appreciation of the civic history of the house, the Lord Mayors and the collections.

As a Friend you could be involved in assisting the opening of the house, leading guided tours, assisting in education workshops and researching different aspects of the histories of the house, its collections and the people who lived and worked here.

Training is provided to support you in your chosen role and you will also receive a quarterly newsletter, including the latest news, historical articles and information about the social events throughout the year .  

Come along enjoy the atmosphere of the Mansion House make new friends and have fun!

Ways to Volunteer

There are a variety of ways you can support the Mansion House.

 

House Guides

As a Volunteer House Guide you will assist visitors to understand the history of the Mansion House and lead guided tours. You will have a passion for sharing the civic heritage and history of the house, but there will also be opportunities for training and research in specific areas.

Front of House

You will facilitate the opening of the Mansion House for the public. You will assist the House Stewards in welcoming visitors to the Mansion House and general Front of House and Retail duties. Front of House Volunteers will also work on seasonal ticketed events.

Demonstrators

Volunteer Demonstrators facilitate the daily working of the 18th century kitchen range and demonstrate simple Georgian recipes for the general public. You may also be expected to wear 18th century costumes and participate in “Talking Portraits” activities in the State Room.

Research & Interpretation

Research Volunteers will assist with researching the stories of former Lord Mayors and those who lived and worked in the Mansion House as well as the provenance and individual histories of the collections, and cataloguing the collections. Volunteers will also have opportunities to contribute to the interpretation of the Mansion House for the general visitors through the publication of on-line or off-line texts and/or exhibitions incorporating their research.

Social Media

Social Media Volunteers will assist in promoting the Mansion House to local and regional audiences through the website, facebook, twitter, instagram and other social media.

Education

Education Volunteers will assist the Education and Learning Officer in delivering a range of formal and informal learning opportunities at the Mansion House. These will range from assisting with holiday and weekend activities for children and young people, to assisting with the face-to-face delivery of formal education sessions for KS1-3 groups visiting the Mansion House. Education Volunteers will be DBS checked (Disclosure and Barring Service) and trained in the specific educational content and delivery needed for the Mansion House sessions.

Outreach

Outreach Volunteers will assist in off-site activities and events. These may include engaging hard to reach audiences and/or learners or attendance at citywide promotional events.

 

To join us

To join the Friends of the Mansion House email mansionhouse@york.gov.uk