Heritage Volunteers

Heritage Volunteers engage in a variety of works all revolving around the concept of:

  • the cleaning and conservation of books, manuscripts, archives and maps
  • the cataloguing, listing and transcribing of archives, photographs and artefacts.

Appropriate training is given to all Heritage Volunteers by professional conservators, curators and advisors and every project must be approved by The Arts Society before work can commence.

Volunteers from Knole DFAS with Caroline Bendix & Professor Michael Clark after a training day on April 23rd, 2014, in the Military Library at RUSI Whitehall

Volunteers from Knole DFAS with Caroline Bendix & Professor Michael Clark after a training day on April 23rd, 2014, in the Military Library at RUSI Whitehall

Other pages (if available) concerning our Heritage Volunteer activities are listed below. Please click on the headings for further information.

 

Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)


Church Recording

churchIn a wonderful example of cooperation between two Kent societies, Sevenoaks and Knole are working together to record the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Seal.

Some 15 of us gather on the first and third Mondays of the month to record literally everything the Church – in an effort to make, if possible, a portrait snap-shot of the Church in the early 2000s.

We record in enormous detail, according to formulae worked out by The Arts Society and which must be strictly adhered.   Individual topics include stone work, metal work (including the plate) woodwork, textiles, monuments, windows, memorials,  books, even mops and buckets, vases and ladders:   all are recorded for posterity.  We do not, however, have to do the grave stones outside the church –   Seal has masses and happily they fall under another discipline.

We’re into our second year now – and things seem to be going really well. Having recorded the items, their makers if known, condition, materials, et cetera, quite a bit of further research can be necessary.   Armorials, blazons and escutcheons, Latin translations, materials and biographical notes about makers and subjects: all of these things interweave to make quite a comprehensive picture of the church.   This in turn is invaluable for insurance purposes.

We have a very good time, and it is wonderful to have the opportunity to learn about something in considerable depth and to make some wonderful new friends as well.

Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Pam Odlin for details on 02083 020516