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Volunteer opportunity description

The Royal Parks, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is seeking volunteers to help us research, interpret and share our WW1 history. There’s plenty of training and support on offer.

Can you help us fill in the gaps and tell our stories of the Parks in World War I?

Did you know that during WWI, the Army recreated No Man’s Land right in the middle of Kensington Gardens? Or that all the post to and from the Western Front went through the Regent’s Park? Or that soldiers on bicycles trained for battle in Richmond Park? Or that the lakes in St James’ Park were drained for space to build government offices?

We are seeking volunteer researchers to explore the history of the Royal Parks in the First World War further. We are exploring themes of:

  • Social change
  • Technology and innovation
  • Horticulture and agriculture
  • Celebration, commemmoration and mourning
  • Health, recovery and leisure
  • And others...

 We need volunteers to:

  • Research and write engaging and clear web articles on a variety of pre-identified topics.

Your research and web articles will be turned into an outdoor exhibition in the Parks in autumn 2018.

Depending on your level of research experience and interest, research could include:

  • visiting archives and museum collections to look at original material.
  • reading other people's research and turning it into easily-digestible and interesting articles for the general public.
  • using the internet to track down images, snippets of information and interesting links to the Parks.
  • interviewing experts.
  • oral history interviewing.

This is a great opportunity to gain skills in research and interpretation, supported by people with lots of experience doing both. It’s also a chance to contribute to an important Heritage Lottery Fund project recording and preserving the history of the Parks.


We are looking for people who:

  • Enjoy learning new things and are keen to delve into the history of the Parks.
  • No previous research experience required.
  • Are happy volunteering independently as well as coming together for team meetings.

Travel expenses, tea and biscuits covered!

You will need to:

  • Research and write at least 4 short web articles (maximum 300 words each) for the project between January and July 2018.
  • Work with others on the research team.
  • Be comfortable with receiving constructive support and feedback on your research and writing styles.

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The Royal Parks

Eleanor Harding
World War One - Project Officer
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