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Volunteer opportunity description
In 2017 organisations across the country mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act that partially decriminalised homosexuality and the signals it sent out about rights and freedoms. This spring, The National Archives and the National Trust are working with set designers to recreate the Caravan Club of 1934; an illegal gay club that was the subject of a sensational court case in 1934. The space will act as a focal point for a wider programme of volunteer led tours, debates, events, and a guidebook that celebrates the history of club culture c. from 1918 to now in the Soho, Covent Garden and Fitzrovia areas. There will also be a physical and online archival displays curated by The National Archives.
We’re offering 25-35 volunteers the chance to be trained as National Trust tour guides as part of the project. In addition to meeting like-minded people and broadening your knowledge, you’ll be invited to a special ‘club night’ for volunteers to thank you for your time.
If you’re passionate about LGBTQ+ heritage, love learning about London’s history and are a confident speaker in front of small groups, we’d love for you to get in touch.
By getting involved, you could…
● Play a key role bringing LGBTQ+ history to life at this moment in time
● Meet like-minded people who have an interest in telling London’s history
● Further build your confidence talking to small groups in an inspiring setting
● Practice creating an evocative and high-quality experience for our visitors
● Take away a property guidebook on us and a special volunteer t-shirt
● ‘Early bird’ access to associated events/talks taking place across the 4 weeks
● Attend a special ‘club night’ event that celebrates your volunteer contribution
● Explore other ways you can get involved with the National Trust and The National Archives in London
This role will suit you if you are…
● A confident clear public speaker and storyteller in small groups
● Passionate about social history, LGBTQ+ culture and/or all things local
● A people-person wanting to create the best experience for our visitors
● Good at researching, memorising and remembering new information quickly
● Able to tailor content to the audience in front of you
● Short on time but want to make a meaningful contribution through volunteering
● Time commitment – attendance at an informal interview on 13 or 14 February; attendance at an evening or weekend induction session on the 17 or 18 February and available to volunteer 4 days throughout March. Please note - we are committed to providing flexible volunteering opportunities and will always try to accommodate your work/study schedule
● Expenses – We’re prepared to cover costs for travel within London to the location of the event and to offer a £5 allowance for lunch should you need it
Our volunteer needs
We need volunteers who are free at these times