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Conservation Volunteer

Conservation Volunteer

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A voluntary conservation role to support the conservation work taking place at St Mary Magdalene's church in North Paddington. This beautiful Grade 1 listed church is currently on the 'Buildings at Risk' register.

Once this work is done the church will also serve as a bustling community and heritage space.

Role Description

  • Working under the supervision of the project conservators on basic conservation cleaning tasks
  • Explore a range of conservation tasks
  • Actively contributing to ensuring the highest standards of care are upheld in conservation practice
  • Displaying a friendly and approachable attitude
  • Attending such training and development opportunities as deemed necessary to effectively fulfil the role
  • Meeting mutually agreed time commitments and giving reasonable notice of absence
  • Being prepared to propose ideas for improvement and be prepared to receive performance related feedback.


1 x half day

Role reports to

Community Heritage Programme Manager, PDT and the Project Conservator Supervisor


St Mary Magdalene's Church, Rowington Close, W2 5TF


Monday - Friday (daytimes), 9am - 1pm. We are ideally looking for a once a week commitment, but will consider a fortnightly one. The option of intensive week or two week work (for example during university holidays) is also possible.


The opportunity is currently available, and will be ongoing until July 2018. The next induction is Tuesday 17th April.

Who we are looking for

This role will suit people who:

  • Like working as part of a team, but also thrive when working independently
  • Are able to follow instructions and work carefully with fragile materials
  • Those who love the challenge of learning new skills and contributing something to their community
  • Those with an interest in historic buildings and their care, or those with enthusiasm to develop this knowledge
  • Students of conservation who would like to gain experience on site working alongside professional conservators.

We welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and communities.

Commitment to you

Volunteers in this role will:

  • Share the huge sense of achievement as you bring back to life this extraordinary historic building
  • Have the support of a friendly team of professionals and other volunteers
  • Have the opportunity to learn about careers in conservation, and the wider heritage and cultural sectors
  • Gain skills and experience transferable to other future employment

Additional information

The requirements of the conservation volunteering will be reasonably physically demanding and requires an adequate to good level of physical fitness.

Unfortunately there is currently no wheelchair access to St. Mary Magdalene's (this is something that the new building will resolve).

Some of the conservation work will involve working up a very safe scaffold, which effectively feel like floors in a building. However, those who experience vertigo will not find this role suitable.

For more information contact

Lucy Foster, Community Heritage Programme Manager at or 020 3735 5175 or 07775 901 963