TAS explains Heritage Volunteering as follows:

Conservation and preservation of our heritage are tremendous burdens on the limited resources of museums, National Trust properties, historic houses, libraries and gardens. Volunteers help them in non-specialist but vital ways by caring for collections, recording documents, guiding and stewarding.

As the book preservation project has come to an end we thought that we might be able to  help conserve and pack up the contents of the Royal Marines Museum at Eastney.

Unfortunately the hours required by the museum for
packing up the  contents are unsuitable for us we think

From Miller McGrath:

"It does not look like a possible Arts Society HV project. The reason is that the person organising the packing of artefacts wants "volunteers" to work from 09.00 to 16.30 one day every week. Even more of a problem is that she only wants two people per day.

Sadly they do not seem willing to accommodate shorter hours or a larger team at work at the same time. This has changed substantially sine my first correspondence on the subject. Another thing which has changed is that the Curator who started the medal cleaning / mounting project is leaving the Historic Dockyard and taking over as curator at another museum."

For more details – or if you have any ideas for projects –
please contact Sue Wells

Book Conservers

This volunteer group, led by Jan Hazell, was established in 1986 and recently numbered 14 members but it has now closed

After training in conservation techniques by Caroline Bendix, Advisor in Book Conservation to TAS, and with close supervision, this group meets on the 4th Thursday of each month to clean and repair books in the Historic Collections Library at The Institute of Naval Medicine, Alverstoke. The Library, originally housed at The Royal Naval Hospital Haslar, now includes the historic collections from the Royal Naval Hospitals at Plymouth and Chatham.

As well as books of medical interest with detailed anatomical drawings, the Historic Collection includes books with beautiful illustrations of flowers and birds.

The Collection is only open to the public on special occasions such as the Annual Heritage Open Days held in September.