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About the organisation

Fulham Palace Trust

Since 704 Fulham Palace has been the historic house and garden of the Bishop of London. Our vision is to engage people and provide an insight, through the stories of the Bishops of London, into over 1300 years of English history, and to become one of Great Britain’s most loved and inspiring historic houses and gardens. Our collection is comprised of archaeological evidence, in the form of coins and pottery, which shows that Romans settled on this spot along the Thames riverbank, grand portraits of past residents and monarchs as well as everyday objects which provide clues as to how people in the past lived, worked and played at the Palace. Once enclosed by the longest moat in England, 13 acres remain of the original 36. The surviving garden layout is mainly 19th century with an earlier Walled Garden and some 18th century landscaping. We have a museum, special exhibitions, education centre, Tudor courtyard, Victorian Chapel, botanical gardens and café on site, all of which are completely free for all to visit.

We are creating a new team of Organists and Pianists to become Music Volunteers, offering you the opportunity to share your skills and help create an immersive visitor experience by bringing live music to the Palace! These organists and pianists will support a variety of fascinating events including our new monthly family fun days.

Role Aim: 

Fulham Palace has embarked on a £3.8 million restoration scheme, ‘Discovering the Bishop of London’s Palace at Fulham’, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The project will restore the iconic Tudor Quadrangle, bring key historic rooms such as the Great Hall back to life, improve access around the botanical gardens and replant historic varieties of plants.

We are creating a new team of Organists and Pianists to become Music Volunteers, offering you the opportunity to share your skills and help create an immersive visitor experience by bringing live music to the Palace! These organists and pianists will support a variety of fascinating events including our new monthly family fun days.

Duties: 

• Music volunteers will perform on either our grand piano or chapel organ at Palace events to recreate the musical atmosphere of the Palace

• Perform music provided by the Palace from a variety of periods from Tudor to World War II

• Working independently within a small team and showing a proactive attitude

Skills needed: 

• Would relish performing in a unique historic environment

• Can work independently and are well organised

• Can provide a friendly face to audiences from various backgrounds

• Have a passion for history and the heritage sector

• Enjoy proactively engaging with communities through sharing your knowledge in a friendly, fun and accessible manner

• Please note you do not need to have prior knowledge of Fulham Palace’s history as there will be training involved in the role

Training: 

• The LEM will give you specific briefing and training to begin in your role

• On-site training providing insights into the history of Fulham Palace

• Full induction including health and safety procedures, fire safety and customer service

• Volunteers have an introduction period, this is a settling in time of around 6 weeks

• Access to our volunteer’s website, the “Volunteer Portal”, including a blog, downloadable resources, rota and events page

Location: 
Fulham Palace Bishop’s Avenue London SW6 6EA
Time commitment: 
1-3 hours per week
Opening times: 
For the initial training, weekdays or weekends can be accommodated. Fulham Palace events are often on a Sunday, but there will also be opportunities on weekdays.

Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here