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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 have been invited to help
conserve and pack up the contents of the Royal Marines Museum at Eastney.

Sarisbury Green Arts Society have been involved in a project  cleaning medals which are currently at the Royal Marines Museum ( RMM ) in Eastney.  However, the museum has actually closed down now and the medals are probably going to be housed and displayed at the Dockyard Museum or, failing that, at the Imperial War Museum.

It is expected that the contents, including medals, silver, uniforms, will need to be packed up for moving on over the next 18 months or so and that more volunteers to help with the packing up process will be gratefully welcomed. 

For more details an information sheet is on the 'Documents' page and 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.