Volunteering for SANHS

The success of SANHS depends on the dedication and imagination of its volunteers, who give their time, knowledge and expertise (and at times, straightforward physical effort), to carry out the Society’s objects.

Work includes conservation of the collections; organising and leading talks and activities; helping in the SANHS office; weeding the Norman Gardens; awarding grants; governing the Society; fundraising, and much more. Volunteers are the backbone of SANHS.

Volunteering for SANHS is flexible; you choose how much time you would like to give, and how often; you can try out something new, or use your experience to support the Society in its interesting work. In return, you will meet like-minded people, have fun, and play a part in shaping the future of Somerset’s heritage, and once a year, the Society organises it’s annual Volunteer Day to thank its volunteers for all their hard work.


Ways to get involved

  • Committees: Are you interested in local history, natural history, archaeology, or historic buildings? Why not join one of the interest groups and help organise events and activities in a pastime that you are passionate about?
  • Trustees: Do you have experience of fundraising, investing, or digital technology and social media? Then consider becoming a SANHS trustee and playing a vital role in the charity.

To find out more, please telephone the SANHS Office Manager on 01823272429 or send an email to [email protected]. Alternatively, complete the attached Volunteer Application Form and send it to the SANHS office (details of how to do this are on the form).


Current opportunities:

Webinar team 
With the pandemic prohibiting in-person events, a team of volunteers has been organising and producing a fantastic series of webinars. We’re always looking for new people to help run these Zoom sessions. Contact [email protected] for more details.

Holding trustees
As you may know, SANHS owns Taunton Castle and surrounding property, all of which is leased to various tenants.  While SANHS Trustees manage these relationships, as is commonplace in charitable situations, the properties are held by what are known as Holding Trustees.  These individuals are responsible for holding the property in trust for the Charity.

We have recently reviewed our situation and are now looking for one or two individuals to add to our small group of Holding Trustees.  Accepting such a role would allow you to provide a very valuable service to SANHS, without making a high demand on your time.

If you would be interested in becoming involved with this area of our activities, please contact [email protected].

SANHS volunteers
Volunteer Day 2018 Photo: Chris Jessop