The project team: staff and volunteer roles
As we work towards the delivery phase of the restoration project, we are beginning to put in place key members of staff and we will soon begin the recruitment of volunteers. We welcome Nick Cragg to the project team as Technical Project Manager and we are now making plans to interview for the community archaeologist role in March with a view to start in May. The Community Archaeologist will manage the Dovecote community dig which will take place in October.
In addition to new staff, we will be recruiting over 130 new volunteers. We will be offering a variety of roles, ranging from participation in the Youth Forum, to running talks and tours, undertaking research, working on archaeological digs and facilitating education sessions. Training for volunteers will be provided in areas such as building recording, archaeological excavation, finds processing, object cataloguing, research skills, curating, tour guiding, stewarding, and leading or supporting education sessions. If you are interested in learning more about these volunteer roles, please contact us.
In terms of fundraising, following the news of our confirmed Heritage Lottery Fund grant, we have received significant pledges from two individual donors in the last month and our application to the National Grid Community Grant Programme was successful. Together, these contributions have considerably reduced our shortfall, leaving us with a funding gap of £368,000. We are hugely grateful for the support received so far and we look forward to launching the public phase of fundraising in March/April.
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