Volunteering at the Mills
At RGM we are excited to be planning this season of events.
We are reliant on the help of volunteers and are asking for assistance in preparing for and the running of the events in the 2017 season.
We need keen individuals to join RGM now:
- To help prepare the site and set up new activities for the 2017 season.
- To be trained for visitor services roles such as Tour Guide, Armoury Steward, Rocket Vault Steward and Railway Team Member.
A big attraction for 2017 will be RGM’s railways. The plan is for the Narrow Gauge Railway to be passenger carrying during the season and we therefore need volunteers to be trained as drivers, guards and station masters to make this possible.
We also have a delightful mini railway, which is currently run by a very small team of Volunteers. This already takes passengers and the line is being extended to give a longer ride for 2017. More help would mean we could run the trains on more of our open days.
The Royal Gunpowder Mills is surrounded by natural land including Cornmill Meadows and Fishers Green. The RGM site itself has open grassland, water ways and woodland, which are great habitats. Throughout the history of the site various areas have been used and then left to go wild. This all makes for an ideal place for wildlife to thrive. A majority of the site is designated a ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’ and is therefore protected.
We are currently enhancing RGM’s wildlife walk. The aims are to give visitors access to the most natural parts of the site and provide the opportunity to reveal the secrets and wonders of all the creatures who make RGM their home, hunting ground, grazing area and playground.
Becoming a wildlife conservation volunteer gives the opportunity to work in beautiful surroundings, to make a difference to the wildlife and visitors and to be involved with an exciting and rewarding project.
If you can lend a hand to help with the above or anything from, grass cutting, window cleaning and painting to helping with family activities, marketing or driving, please contact us for more information. Your help will be much appreciated
For more information:
Tel: +44(0) 1992 707340
Be one of a team of uniformed volunteers assisting visitors to get the most out the experience of being at this wonderful historic and natural site. Front of house duties including welcoming visitors onto site, staffing exhibitions & the general site, assisting with events & directing visitors in the car park.
The Armoury Steward
Help visitors to enjoy, and learn from, the exhibits in the Armoury collection. Duties include welcoming visitors, and engaging with them to explain and demonstrate weapons and equipment in this fascinating and unique collection. Opportunities also exist to help with the up-keep and improvement of the exhibition outside the times when it is open to the public.
If you are interested in rockets and the related science you will love RGM’s amazing Rocket exhibition. We need people with a love of rocketry to come and learn about the exhibits and pass on the information in an interesting way to RGM’s visitors
Pass on the wonders of the history, buildings and nature of the site to the visitors by being the guide on the tractor trailer tours. The tour is a 40 minute ride around almost the entire site. If you can communicate well, we can give you the information to become a RGM tour guide.
Tractor Land Train driver
Learn the route and skills involved to manoeuvre the tractor and trailer
around the bends and over the bridges of the site giving a comfortable ride to the visitors. All you need is a full UK driving licence, to pass your assessment and have some free time at weekends during the summer season or any days in the school holidays.
Military Truck Driver
Learn the route and skills involved to carefully manoeuvre the army truck around the bends and over the bridges of the site. All you need is a full UK driving licence, to pass your assessment and have some free time at weekends during the summer season or any days in the school holidays.
Family Activity Support
Help to create a fun and educational atmosphere at our family activity workshops. Support the staff in ensuring the smooth running of the family activity sessions (art and craft activities, workshops, science activities) by demonstrating and assisting in the workshops with activities, and assisting the team with preparation and clearing.
Mini Railway Station Master, Guard and Driver
Many of us have happy memories of riding on a mini train when we were younger, these summer memories stay with us.
Families visiting RGM can have the opportunity to make happy memories.
You could help make this happen by giving your time to come and play with the trains (in a responsible way of course) offering people a fun experience in lovely surroundings.
We would like to run the mini railway every day we are open to the public but we can only do that with help from you. We are offering training to be a Guard, Station Master and Driver, you just need to offer your time.
Building & Site Maintenance Volunteer
Enjoy the natural environment, and fascinating buildings seeped in history, by maintaining this important historic site and making it possible for visitors to enjoy the walks, exhibitions, views and events in safety and comfort.
There are very varied tasks involved in looking after RGM’s 170 acre site, its buildings and exhibitions. Whatever your ability, whether it’s plumbing, building, decorating, design, engineering, sweeping, painting, landscaping or any other handy skill, you will be helping to preserve and care for the heritage of RGM.
Enjoy this impressive environment and become one of the team responsible for ensuring the visitor areas of the site are kept at their best. The key areas of the visitor attraction need to be kept litter free, neat and tidy. There are pathways, lawns, exhibition grounds and a playground. The main tasks are cutting grass & shrubs, clearing roads & pathways, collecting litter and emptying bins. There are occasional projects when changes are made on site or an area is given a fresh look. All work is aimed towards maintaining this important historic and natural site and making it possible for visitors to enjoy the walks, exhibitions, views and events in safety and comfort.
Railway Project Volunteer
This is an exciting time to join the hardworking (and tea drinking) team of railway volunteers as things are moving on with the goal of having a passenger carrying line in the 2017 season. This will only happen if more people come and join the Railway Team. There is preparation project work involving manual tasks, skilled work and basic DIY on rolling stock and laying rail. Once running we will require drivers, guards and station masters.
Work alongside other conservation enthusiasts and learn about the wildlife on site and how to preserve and develop natural habitats. Clear access & views of the site and help develop displays for the visitors and children’s groups enhancing their experiences. Becoming a wildlife conservation volunteer gives the opportunity to work in beautiful surroundings, to make a difference to the wildlife and visitors and to be involved with an exciting and rewarding project