Porter's Row is a group of four small cottages, each with a sitting room and a kitchen and each representing different periods in history, covering 1836, 1890's, 1910's and lastly 1950's. As a Porter's Row volunteer, we would ask you to become a housekeeper for the day (or half day) - literally! Just like a real housekeeper you would chat to the visitors, carry out your normal domestic duties, light the fire, make a cup of tea, and generally keep the place tidy. If you were feeling really adventurous you could try baking a few scones on the range or perhaps make a tasty stew. What a superb atmosphere you could create in the little cottage, making it a real treat for a visitor to share a few moments in history.
Some of the visitors will be children and you could act as the leader in Victorian games and other activities in the games, even better if you are dressed in clothes of the period. Just like a real housekeeper, you will have some chores. Keeping the fire in and the coal scuttle filled, making sure that the front step is clean. All those things that our grandmother's used to do and which visitors of all ages love to see. Are you a good communicator with all ages & backgrounds, personable & pleasant to visitors to help them understand the cottages history.
There are some essential skills and qualities needed that are common to all our volunteers. They must be willing to talk to people and engage with visitors of all ages and backgrounds. Be willing to commit a regular amount of time to the task and be flexible in time-keeping and time commitment, sometimes including bank holiday.
Being a good communicator with people of all ages and backgrounds and personable and pleasant to visitors are the sort of qualities needed.
You must be willing to work as part of a team, the opportunities will help you learn new skills and techniques and you will need to adopt any safety and other procedures required by the museum. The museum will provide training, refreshments and your lunch. A DBS check, Application Form, Informal Discussion and Trial Period will be needed.
Location: The museum is situated off Junction 9 off M53, after leaving the Junction follow the brown museum signs. Free car parking is available at the museum site.
It can be reached by bus. Alternatively the train station is a 10 minute walk from the museum