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Volunteers Always Appreciated

Why volunteer with Stroudwater Textile Trust?

Volunteering benefits both the community and you! By volunteering you will not only make a real difference to our work – we are all volunteers here – but research shows that volunteering is good for your health. You will meet and enjoy the company of new people, be welcomed, appreciated and make a difference.
There are many ways to get involved – making good use of a few spare hours and benefiting our work. Skills are not essential but we welcome any that you can offer.
Training is provided as necessary and particularly if you wish to follow specific interests.

At the moment opportunities here include welcoming visitors, guiding in our museums, helping with displays and exhibitions, assisting with schools visits — and with various routine duties behind the scenes.

Ebley Mill by Steve Marshfield

Please read on for Volunteering in the 2018 season ….

Please offer now to help with our unique Ebley Mill exhibition Cathedral of Cloth, 3 February—4 March. This exciting Heritage Lottery funded project, presented jointly with Stroud’s The Museum in the Park, celebrates the 200 years of this magnificent Mill.

The Exhibition is open six days a week and a great range of great activities is planned for visitors and schools. We need volunteers to steward the exhibition every day and to help with visitor events and school visits. Please offer to steward by emailing Anne Mackintosh at or to offer other help please email Sarah Rowlatt at

Volunteer for welcoming visitors to Dunkirk and Gigg Mills in 2018

Robin Mitchell is now recruiting for the 2018 Mills Rota and is offering new training sessions. We need assistants to open the Mills and keep them running – everything from welcoming visitors at the door to help- ing run the magnificent waterwheel and textile machinery. We also seek trainee guides who are willing to learn to demonstrate textile processes to our visitors. Our new volunteers’ handbook has been developed as a great training aid for these sessions.

To volunteer for this vital programme please email Robin now –

Volunteer to help with school visits

Increasingly local schools want to learn about their local heritage and the skills involved in textile pro- duction. Jane Ford needs more assistants for these sessions at the Mills or in schools. Whether skilled or unskilled please do offer by emailing Jane at

…or to help in many other ways with events, student projects, record keeping, photography, weaving – or any other skills or hours you can offer! Skills welcome but not essential. Email Sarah Rowlatt at