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

Possible Individual projects - not organised by TASS:


Recording heritage and disseminating the untold stories of Second World War troops

Thanks to funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund between April 2019 and October 2020 the project will bring to life the inscribed graffiti left behind by some of the 3.5 million troops who passed through Southampton on their way to the Normandy beaches. A section of wall near Southampton port has been preserved as it includes over 100 inscriptions made by waiting troops. This wall is eroding and impacting the inscriptions. The project will:


Calling Volunteers
If you would like to volunteer to become involved in the project please visit our volunteering page and fill in the registration form.

or email  "Helen Wallbridge" <>

They are especially interested in people to help with  genealogical research.

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.