During the first week of June we have taken part in National Volunteers Week online by sharing details of the different roles volunteers play in our organisation. We’ve gathered those social media posts together here to give you an overview of the types of work volunteers do at Kiplin Hall and Gardens. And to offer our sincerest gratitude for the contribution they all make, thank you!
Our volunteers are affectionately known as our fifth family, following the four families who have owned Kiplin over the last 400 years. Kiplin would not be what it is without our volunteers. And you can be one of them. Join us this Thursday 11am – 2pm (10th June 2021) for an open event as we recruit more volunteer room stewards and till volunteers. Have a cuppa and a chat with Rosie, our Volunteers Manager, and meet current volunteers. Let us know you’re coming by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office 01748 818178.
Our green fingered volunteers lovingly tend to our gardens all year round, come rain or shine! From seed sowing, weeding, pruning, picking fruit and vegetables for the tearoom, and much more – they truly work wonders. Their hard work and dedication has seen the gardens at Kiplin develop from unloved, overgrown, weed ridden areas, to the restored beautiful spaces we see today.
Our Eco group formed in 2018. Our volunteer team bring a wealth of expertise in ecology related subjects, from wildflowers, butterflies and not forgetting our resident feathered friends. Regular surveys are carried out to record the flowers and birds we have here at Kiplin. Other projects include willow weaving screens for the bird hides, clearing dykes in the woodland, and clearing areas in the peninsular wood to create views down to the Hall. Our 90 acres of estate are nurtured by this amazing team, and as with all our volunteers, their contribution is invaluable.
Annie Marchant Team
The Annie Marchant collection came to Kiplin in August 2020. Annie Marchant was an Antiques’ dealer from Kent, and as part of her will she wished for the collection to be looked after by a charitable organisation. We were fortunate enough to be chosen to take care of the collection. A project officer was appointed and with that came the recruitment of a team of volunteers to work with the collection. Training was provided in photography, cleaning and our collection database, modes. The team have worked incredibly hard to record and clean all of the collection and prepare it ready for the exhibition which opened on 17th May. Their incredible hard work was recognised by winning a Collections Trust award this year, and we could not be prouder.
Kiplin Hall and Gardens has always been a popular destination for pre-booked groups, and our team of knowledgeable tour guides make their visit one to remember. With a wealth of knowledge and fascinating tales to tell, our guides delight groups from all over the world. From local WI groups to touring coach companies, our wonderful guides welcome one and all with open arms and share our 400 years’ worth of history. Our guides never cease to amaze us with their ability to remember stories about the collection, families and centuries of history – they are all truly wonderful!
Archives and Collection
At Kiplin, we are incredibly lucky to have our collection and archives made up of the furniture, paintings belongings, scrap books and letters from the four families that lived here over the past 400 years, and we have a fantastic team that look after them. From letter transcribing, scanning, cataloguing, cleaning and clock winding, our team give our treasures tender loving care. All of this incredible work carries on behind the scenes on Thursdays, when we are closed, and during our out of season winter months. Their incredible work and care means that we can carry on researching, conserving and sharing our stories for future generations to enjoy.
Our room stewards are our story tellers. They welcome visitors from far and wide and share stories of our history as well as our collection. They greet visitors to our historical rooms and relish at telling the many tales of our four families lives and their precious belongings. Their warm welcome gives the Hall a cosy atmosphere, and so much so that many visitors believe that is still is a family home today. Their enthusiasm and passion give the Hall it’s heartbeat, and our appreciation is infinite.
Welcome and Till
Our welcome and till volunteers greet one and all with a smile and are only too pleased to share information about our estate and facilities. They are the initial warm welcome and enable visitors to navigate the site and make the most of their visit. Till volunteers’ process tickets sales as well as wrap and bag purchases from the shop. Their friendly and efficient service set the tone for a great day out at Kiplin. Their commitment is truly invaluable.
Celebrating Charter Day
Every June we gather to celebrate Maryland Charter Day. The Charter Day gathering celebrates Cecil Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore, who founded the colony under a Charter that Charles I granted on June 20, 1632. During this celebration we recognise our volunteers’ long service by awarding 5, 10, 15 and 20 year badges. We are delighted that some of our volunteers have been with us for 20 years, their dedication and passion is a testament to what a special place Kiplin is.
Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers, past, present, and future!