Become a Volunteer
Welcoming over 150,000 visitors of all ages, nationalities, faiths, cultures and backgrounds over the course of a year, the volunteers at Rochester Cathedral are integral to the success of the Cathedral as a place of worship and a cultural destination.
As a volunteer you will learn new skills and develop your existing ones whether you are at the start of your professional career and looking to progress your employability or seeking to keep active and challenged post retirement.
You will meet new people and become a part of a wonderful volunteer community. You will explore the esoteric and gain access to the hidden treasures of the Cathedral as we prepare for a year of new growth and exhibitions. You will be an intrinsic part of a buzzing hub of culture, history and heritage - where there really is so much going on.
There are many areas in which we seek volunteers and we would always work to use your skills and knowledge in new ways for the greatest benefit to you and the Cathedral. Some examples of current positions are outlined below.
The Welcome Desk
The first experience of welcome for all our visitors, volunteers at the welcome desks serve as the information point for leaflets, guidebooks, audio guides and booked tours. They are vital to the smooth running of the Cathedral and give a wonderful first experience through their warmth, charm and personal knowledge. We will support you with extending your knowledge of the Cathedral’s fabric and history and you will inevitably learn something new every day.
The knowledge base of the Cathedral, our expert Guides show groups around the building giving them a deep and personal insight into the history, architecture and characters that have previously visited, worked and worshipped here. Many Guides begin as Welcomers and are supported with additional specialist training and Blue Badge status.
Our exhibition hosts are essential in bridging the gap between the Cathedral’s magnificent and material past and today’s visitors. The Medieval Crypt will host our new permanent exhibition where we will reveal our magnificent collections of plate, vestments, paintings and stones and will showcase Rochester’s Textus Roffensis – a world changing manuscript.
Engaging the community in our permanent and temporary exhibitions is key to the success of the project and to achieve this we are looking for new volunteers to support in the running of our exhibition space alongside our existing team. You will help make our exhibitions come alive for our visitors and help develop and curate future exhibitions.
Education and Family
Ever fancied being a monk for the day? Do you make an impeccable crown or mitre? Let your imagination run wild with our visiting school children and family groups as young minds discover the wonders of the Cathedral and ask the most pertinent of questions.
A background in education or previous experience with children is desirable.
The Cathedral library will re-open in spring 2016 with unprecedented access to some of the Cathedral’s greatest treasures including the illuminated Book of Hours and the magnificent Textus Roffensis - a foundational document of English Law - right up to sermons and texts from the turn of the last century. The library volunteers provide a warm, attentive and dignified welcome for a wide variety of visitors to the Cathedral giving out the right level of information to visitors. We offer ongoing training in book preservation and handling as well as specialist knowledge seminars as appropriate. They will help clean and conserve fragile books, catalogue and work on projects to make our collections more accessible to the public.
To support in the creation of an effective and profitable in situ and online marketplace for the Cathedral brand produce. We seek volunteers for both shop cashier roles and to support the development of an excellent online shopping experience for cathedral customers and a sustainable model for future commercial growth.
To register an interest in any of the above volunteering opportunities
contact the volunteer manager via email (email@example.com) or Telephone 01634 843366.
Download our leaflet for further information Volunteering Opportunities Leaflet.
Cathedral closures in Nov & Dec
Please be advised that the Cathedral will be closed to visitors for all / periods of the day on the following dates in November and December 2017: Wednesday 22 November...