In spring 2021, The Longthorpe Tower (1290-1300) came under local management of Nene Park Trust, with support from English Heritage.

The Tower is the surviving part of a 14th century, three storey medieval fortified Manor House. It contains the finest set of medieval wall paintings in a domestic setting in Western Europe, giving a rare insight into the medieval mind.

Through this role, volunteers will bring Longthorpe Tower to life for visitors. 

If you enjoy history, particularly medieval history, this is the role for you. You do not need to have any previous knowledge about the Longthorpe Tower, or medieval history; we have resources, cue cards and experienced volunteers to learn from that will support your development as a Guide Leader.   

Responsibilities

  • Welcoming visitors to the Longthorpe Tower
  • Lead tours as part of the Trust’s public event programme at Longthorpe Tower heritage site for regular visitors and also specific groups
  • Take and record sales of items in the gift shop, including the English Heritage guide book
  • Collect records of visitors using recording forms
  • Cashing up and reporting sales to the volunteer team on occasions

You will need to show

  • Excellent communication skills and enjoy engaging with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Willingness to learn about the Longthorpe Tower, the Park and visitor offer
  • Willingness to undergo other training e.g. disability awareness
  • Willingness to be First Aid trained
  • Willingness to carry out a DBS check
  • Ability to follow health and safety guidance
  • Ability to work unaccompanied and as part of a team
  • Reliability
  • Lots of enthusiasm and a can do attitude

What’s in it for you

  • Gain experience and skills
  • Receive training
  • Enhance CV
  • Widen heritage knowledge
  • Receive information from academics arranged through English Heritage
  • Satisfaction of providing additional heritage activity for Nene Park
  • Chance to be part of a growing volunteer team and meet new people

We will provide

  • Uniform
  • Safety information and equipment as required
  • Training
  • Support and mentoring from Park and experienced volunteers and staff

Availability

The Longthorpe Tower is open to the general public at weekends and therefore we are looking for volunteers to cover the weekend period. There is also the opportunity for groups to pre-book Tower visits in the week; for these events we will ask volunteers if they have availability to support the sessions as and when they come in.

  • Saturdays
  • Sundays
  • Bank Holiday Mondays
  • Morning (9:45-13:15) or afternoon sessions (13:15-16:45)