Volunteers are needed at historic Fort Nelson

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VOLUNTEERS are being sought to help out at an historic fort.

The team at Fort Nelson near Fareham need people to help out and to showcase the national collection of big guns at the Royal Armouries museum.

The Victorian fort is recruiting an army of volunteers, of all ages and abilities, to help with the thousands of visitors to the fort every year.

Kirstine Impey, Fort Nelson’s volunteers co-ordinator, said: ‘We have several different roles that will appeal to a wide variety of people.

‘Many of our volunteers help out in the new galleries, talking to visitors about the exhibits and pointing them in the right direction for the visitor centre, gun firings and activities.

‘There’s also the chance to assist the education team with their school visits during term-time, and also to help with arts and crafts activities during the holidays.

‘Some of our volunteers had a great time at Halloween, helping to run the activities.’

People interested should have between two to four hours to spare at a time.

Some come in weekly, whereas others help out on a regular but less frequent basis.

Jade, 22, from Leigh Park, helped at the fort during Halloween, dressing up as a witch.

She said: ‘I love history so I am enjoying it here.’

All volunteers must be aged over 16, and be prepared to undertake some checks, if necessary.

Travel expenses will be reimbursed, and volunteers will be supplied with a blouse or shirt and jumper which bears the Royal Armouries’ logo.

Pick up a recruitment form or contact Kirstine by emailing kirstine.impey@armouries.org.uk or calling 01329 848516.