My name is Beth and I am part of a lovely group of volunteers at Aston Hall, a historic mansion built by the intriguing Sir Thomas Holte. Giving my time to help provide tours to visitors is both an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
When I first started my volunteering at the Hall I was keen to get to know the facts and stories about the building and its history before jumping in at the deep end and giving full tours. I was able to wander the beautiful state rooms, navigate around the servant’s quarters and really learn what it would have been like to live and work in this impressive home. I then took up posts in different sections of the Hall, talking to visitors who wished to stroll through the rooms and answer any questions they had about aspects of the house. I enjoy engaging with visitors and conversing with people who share my passion for the early modern period.
When I was feeling more confident about my knowledge of the house and more familiar with talking to visitors I started helping the other volunteers with ‘Aston Experience’ where I would lead a group of visitors around a section of the house. This has become my favourite part of my experience at Aston Hall. These tours have boosted my confidence and I have thoroughly enjoyed working as part of team to show people all that Aston Hall has to offer.
I am a final year History student at the University of Birmingham and hope to follow a path into the Heritage sector so this volunteering opportunity was perfect for me to gain relevant experience but also expand my knowledge of the period. The longer I have been at the Hall the more I have learnt about its history, it is true that you can learn something new about the Hall every day! The Hall is full of interesting artefacts and portraits with their own histories, as well as people who are committed to keeping the Hall alive with exciting events all year round. From storytelling and tea parties to Victorian murder mystery dinners, there is something going on to suit all visitors!
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