VOLUNTEERS AT WORKContentsNADFASARTS EDUCATION AND HERITAGECONSERVATIONWelcome to our latest NADFASvolunteering supplement. Ithas been another busy andfruitful year for NADFAS volunteers as members of the three disciplines,Young Arts, Heritage Volunteers andChurch Recorders, continue to bringtheir passion and expertise to thebroader community. Thenumbers speak for themselves: in 2009, NADFAS Societies and Areasgave at least £168,100 in support ofYoung Arts initiatives, one of which wasa wonderful project in Chichester (seepage 9). And the Church Trails initiativecontinues to go from strength to strength.You can read about the progress of thispioneering scheme, which helps to getchildren engaged and enthused in theirlocal history through exploration ofplaces of worship, on page 12. Last year, Heritage Volunteersembarked on no fewer than 75 newprojects, among them a cataloguingproject at the Wedgwood Museum -anundertaking that could make previouslyunseen documents of enormoushistorical importance available toscholars and researchers.For Church Recorders, 2009 was no less busy, with 63 new Recordscompleted. A particularly intriguingproject has been one aimed atunearthing and archiving that oft-overlooked memorial, the ledgerstone.If you have never been involved inNADFAS volunteering, perhaps, afterreading the stories that follow, you willbe encouraged to sign up. As HeritageVolunteers Chairman Caroline Eganemphasises in her article on page 3,there's no need to worry about lackingthe necessary skills; all that's required isenthusiasm in abundance and awillingness to learn. We hope you drawinspiration from the issue. Pictured top (leftto right): HeritageVolunteers-NoExperienceNecessary(page3); life drawingmasterclassesfor the capital'steens (page 10);a ChurchRecorders' guideto digitalphotography (page 14)2NADFAS REVIEWSUPPLEMENT/ SUMMER 2010www.nadfas.org.ukHeritage Volunteers3 NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARYHeritage Volunteering is enormously rewarding, says Caroline Egan who insists that anybody can -and should -get involved.5 QUIET PLEASURESMelinda Robinson describes the satisfaction involved in working with books.6 LADIES OF THE PALACEHow a team of Greater London Heritage Volunteers is helping care for historically important books in Lambeth Palace Library.8 'FOND' HELLOSStaffordshire Heritage Volunteers are helping make a previously unlisted manuscript collection at the Wedgwood Museum available to scholars.Young Arts9 POETRY IN MOTION Chichester DFAS supports an exciting project that sees local children bring poetry to life through paintings and drawings.10THIS IS WHAT YOU CAN DOGreater London Area helps the capital's art students unlock their potential.12TRAILBLAZERSSarah Harris provides an update on the pioneering Church Trails scheme.Church Recorders14 PICTURE PERFECTA Church Recorders' guide to digital photography.16NO STONE UNTURNEDKing's Lynn Church Recorders' latest project involves unearthing the 'trampled treasures' of the nation's churches.18A BRIGHT STARTHow Church Recorders brought inspiration to a local congregation this New Year.
Being a NADFAS HeritageVolunteer is a thoroughlyrewarding experience andone that anyone can getinvolved in -no matter whattheir skills or abilities. By Caroline EganNo experiencenecessaryHERITAGE VOLUNTEERSNADFASARTS EDUCATION AND HERITAGECONSERVATIONwww.nadfas.org.ukNADFAS REVIEW SUPPLEMENT/ SUMMER 20103People join NADFAS for differentreasons - the lectures, the visits,the company, a desire to learnmore and a passion for heritage.Heritage Volunteers are NADFASmembers who turn these interests topractical ends, working on projects inlibraries, museums, archives, historichouses, churches and gardens.Wherever there are NADFAS Societiesthere is most likely a group of HeritageVolunteers working quietly in a library ormuseum. If not, there is often theopportunity to set up a group. The work can be practical; it caninvolve research, or working with thepublic - guiding or stewarding. Almostall training is arranged with the hostorganisation before a project's start,with refresher sessions provided oncethe project is underway. New groupmembers may have to wait for fulltraining but there is usually some rolefor them.I joined NADFAS because I learnedthere was a possibility of working in ourlocal museum andIrelished the idea ofgetting close to the artefacts. While Iknew nothing about the care of suchobjects I was confident that my groupwas capable, with the right instruction,of doing all the museum required.Heritage is what has been passeddown to us and what we pass on tofuture generations. Conserving this andmaking it accessible to all is whatHeritage Volunteers do. They also buildthe heritage of the future throughworking on objects such as the newcurtains for the Music Room at Hellens(Much Marcle, Herefordshire). To give future generations the bestchance of enjoying their heritage I urgeyou to join one of the projects run byHeritage Volunteers. If there is not onerun by your Society, a neighbouringSociety may have an opening.Above: A HeritageVolunteerworking on theHellensprojectdemonstrates her embroideryskills