We really value the work that volunteers do and enjoy working with them. We’ve both got extensive experience of managing large teams of volunteers, but have also been volunteers ourselves (in fact, Angela currently still volunteers for Windermere Jetty and Margaret volunteers for the National Trust), so we know how it feels.
We are happy to supervise volunteer projects, or involve your volunteers or students in a new project, working to your organisation’s guidelines and project aims. We understand how important it is to convey accurate and up to date information and are used to working to specialist conservators’ specifications. If you need us to set something up from scratch to meet a general aim, we will happily do that, or if you have something very specific you want to convey, we will work with you to ensure we meet your aspirations.
We are experienced in running volunteer training sessions on preventive conservation and visitor engagement related subjects. Past examples include copper cleaning, object handling and book cleaning sessions at Sizergh Castle, wood panelling cleaning at Blackwell the arts and crafts house and conservation cleaning at Windermere Jetty.
We really care about ensuring that the students who will become the museum professionals of the future gain the best possible experience. Here’s what Pete, a recent heritage studies graduate, said about our sessions:
‘After completing a MA in heritage studies and moving into work within the sector I was keen to gain some practical experience and to develop my knowledge of conservation activities. Hog and Fitch’s workshops proved to be just what I wanted.
Both Margaret and Angela’s combined expertise in conservation cleaning gave me a good deal of insight into the standards and procedures undertaken in the field, particularly with references being made to their work with the national trust. Becoming an employee of the trust myself, I hope I may be able to put what I have learnt from their informative and enjoyable workshops into good use.’