Volunteering with The Arts Society

Our volunteers offer their time and energy to help us preserve and celebrate the arts. But you also get something back from volunteering – you’ll make new friends, learn new skills, and you can enjoy knowing you are making a huge difference. 

Our Societies are run entirely by volunteers; a massive achievement by our members. Most Societies also have teams of volunteers who focus on the following areas of work in their local community:

Arts volunteers fundraise and give grants to arts projects for children and young people in their local area. In a time of cuts and changes to the national curriculum, this has never been more important...

From the conservation of books to projects in historic parks and gardens, our Heritage Volunteers are busy all over the UK helping to conserve and protect the nation’s heritage...

For children, discovering a place of worship, an historic building or town through art, artefacts and social history can be inspiring. Trails for people living with dementia have been designed to evoke memories and prompt conversation with family or carers. Neighbourhood Trails are a new addition to Trail of Discovery. These trails are for families to discover places of interest, art, architecture, local history and culture within an area. There are walking trails and most recently trails on Rail Branch Line journeys.
We are pleased that Trails of Discovery is working with The National Churches Trust to have our Trails linked to their ExploreChurches website. This will give the opportunity for people visiting churches listed to download and enjoy our Trails. Their website may be found at www.explorechurches.org

Church Recording

Between 1973-2020 Church Recording volunteers completed the momentous task of recording the contents of over 2,000 churches. Working in small groups volunteers researched and documented the memorials, metalwork, stonework, woodwork, textiles, paintings, libraries, windows and miscellaneous items found in churches across the country. Church Records now reside with local record offices, Church Care, Historic England and the National Art Library at the V&A. These records have previously assisted with local fundraising, grant applications, insurance and research. Interesting past finds have also been reported to The Royal Armouries, National Portrait Gallery and Royal Museums Greenwich to expand their own archives. We wish to offer our sincere thanks to Church Recorders past and present for their hard work and dedication to completing this amazing project.

From 2021 The Arts Society is no longer affiliated with Church Recording but the work is continued by The Church Recording Society and for information on The Church Recording Society and its activities please see - churchrecordingsociety.org.uk