Volunteer opportunity: Design Guide Volunteer Placement (Thatch)

Organisation: National Trust
Salary: Volunteer role
Location: Swindon
Hours: Two days a week - 15hrs

Role summary    

Write case studies on thatching projects at our properties to identify what has worked, what hasn’t and why. Help ensure that the learning points from these case studies are shared throughout the organisation.

What's involved?     

As part of the Design Advice team you will produce case studies focussing on thatching projects within the Trust’s estate.

Thatch was a common form of roof covering throughout much of Britain from the Iron Age until the end of the medieval period. In many rural areas, it remained the most practical and available material until the mid-nineteenth century. It is one of the oldest building methods still practiced today. Contrary to common belief, thatch is not just a material of historic significance, it is still used in new build. The English House Condition Survey for 2005/6 records almost 35,000 dwellings roofed in some form of thatch. Most examples in England and Wales are of water reed or special varieties of straw grown for the purpose.

The role will enable our consultants and property staff in the regions to share information more effectively internally, helping the Trust to reduce costs, assist with capacity and allow us to share our experience externally.

What’s involved?

•    Researching, collating and writing user-friendly case studies following an agreed template.
•    Contacting people within the National Trust to gather project information.
•    Conducting property visits to gather project information, if necessary.
•    Support in the creation of a topic page on our internal intranet which will be a hub for all information available on Thatch.

Location: Heelis (Swindon office)

Time commitment: Two days a week (15 hours) with at least one of those days in the Swindon office

Length of placement: 6 months

Application closing date: Sunday 24th March

Interview date: Wednesday 10th April

Start date: Wednesday 24th April

Expenses: Out-of-pocket travel costs between home and volunteering place will be paid as well as lunch (note - all expenses are subject to an upper limit).

How to Apply

Read the full role profile and apply here.



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