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Staffordshire stately home Shugborough offers volunteers the chance to Lord it

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: March 21, 2014

Staffordshire stately home Shugborough offers volunteers the chance to Lord it

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Staffordshire stately home Shugborough is offering offers volunteers a chance to be a Lord or Lady for the day.

People interested in volunteering are being invited to discover more about a fun-filled role at one of Britain's best Upstairs Downstairs experiences.

The Shugborough Estate, near Stafford is offering people the chance to be a Lord or a Lady for the day, a dairy or scullery maid, a Victorian gardener, or even a pixie helper, as part of its drive to recruit more volunteers.

New skills, new friends and a peek behind-the-scenes along hidden passages and through secret doors are just some of the benefits of becoming a volunteer at the estate, managed by Staffordshire County Council.

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"Volunteers play a huge role in bringing Shugborough to life and inspiring our visitors, but we also like to think we can offer them a really enjoyable way to spend a day, as well as a fantastic range of benefits,"said Staffordshire County Councillor Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Economy and Infrastructure.

"Shugborough is one of our most treasured locations in the county and is enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year. Looking after the 900 acre estate is no mean feat though, and without the help of our dedicated army of volunteers it wouldn't be the wonderful place it is today.

"We have a real family atmosphere here on the estate and when you volunteer here you are part of that family. Not only do you get the chance to meet like minded people, learn new skills and have a lot of fun, you'll also get to see parts of the estate that the public don't get to see."

The estate has launched its search to find volunteers to fill a variety of roles for the 2014 season. Volunteering opportunities are available in the Mansion House, Servants Quarters, gardens team and on the Working Farm.

Roles include everything from car parking duties and restoring the walled garden to bringing history to life as a costumed character in the Mansion house.

In addition to an annual pass and membership of the National Trust, volunteers' benefits also include travel expenses, social activities and skills workshops, ranging from interview techniques to conservation.

For more details about how to become a volunteer at Shugborough visit www.shugborough.org.uk or call 01889 881 388.

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