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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 in 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 have all sorts of questions we want to know the answers to or are happy to follow researchers’ interests.

We’ll be producing blogs, oral histories, outdoor exhibitions and a final conference, and we’re seeking volunteers to contribute to all of these. There’s plenty of training and support on offer, totally dependent on what you need.

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

 We need volunteers to:

  • Visit archives and museum collections to look at original material.
  • Conduct genealogical research to find living descendents of Parks employees who fought in the War.
  • Read other people’s research into the Parks and collate their research into digestible information for non-experts.
  • Work with experts to turn research into interpretation so that visitors to the Parks can learn more about their history.

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! And discounts across the Parks on refreshments and public loos.

Our volunteer needs

We need volunteers who are free at these times


About the organisation

The Royal Parks

Eleanor Harding
World War One - Project Officer
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