More than 3,500 people are involved in hundreds of projects nationwide, through NADFAS. They help conserve our heritage for future generations by stewarding, cataloguing, conserving books, textiles, armour and weaponry in historic houses, libraries and museums.
Here in Chiltern Hills Area, we have a number of Societies with a Heritage Volunteering section although not all of them have active projects at the present time as finding a suitable project locally is always the basic problem. However, from time to time we are notified of something which might be of interest to a group but it takes time and energy to get projects off the ground. For example, we were advised of a prospective gardening project situated to the north of our Area, but we await any expressions of interest from Societies adjacent to its location.
We have two Societies embedded in two Oxford Colleges, cleaning, repairing and cataloguing books. Before starting on projects like these NADFAS members are given a training course so absolute beginners can get involved from the start. Another Society is cleaning Chinese artefacts and yet another is preparing historical wills for digital recording and storage. Two more Societies are involved in quilting – one traditional and other more modern.
We have a wealth of talent among NADFAS members and we are always delighted to hear of any likely projects in your area, whether you are a NADFAS Member yourself, or whether you can identify a project which is in line with our aims.. You can contact our Area Representative for Heritage Volunteering by clicking here
Heritage Volunteering in Chiltern Hills
Ballinger DFAS - guiding at Chenies Manor and book conservation in Oxford Colleges
Chalfont FAS - guiding at Chenies Manor and stewarding at Milton's Cottage, Chalfont St Giles
Chiltern DFAS - textile conservation at Hughenden Manor, book dusting at Windsor Castle, document conservation at St Mary's Library, Langley, textile conservation, Penn House, packing uniforms at the Household Cavalry Museum, Windsor, picture cleaning at Eton College and archiving at Dorney Court
Henley DFAS - book restoration and conservation at Lincoln College, Oxford.
West Wycobe DFAS - archiving at County Hall, Aylesbury
Windsor & Maidenhead Evening DFAS - book cleaning at the Royal Library, Windsor Castle