Type:
Research

Time:
Flexible

Days:
Various

Training:
Provided

The Quantock Landscape Partnership Scheme are looking for  volunteers to support building a detailed historical understanding of the changing use of trees on the Quantock Hills AONB. If your interested in protecting, restoring and increasing the understanding of our beautiful landscape, this role could be of interest to you!

Further information

Be part of the fun and exciting team, where you can learn new skills and help shape the future of the Quantock Hills AONB. The project needs people to support with two elements of research:

Historic Research Assistant volunteer
Researching historic documents held in the archives at the Somerset Heritage Centre, to find evidence of past tree use in the Quantock Hills AONB area. Such documents might include, for example, estate maps, correspondence, and business records. The aim is to try and identify what species were being exploited, in what ways, and for what purpose. This volunteering role will take place at the Somerset Heritage Centre, which is a fully accessible building. Brunel Way, Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton, TA2 6SF. This can take place when the Somerset Heritage Centre is open to the public (currently Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)

Digital Heritage Assistant volunteer
Using digital maps of various dates to identify changing patterns of tree use. For example, identifying where hedgerows may have existed which are no longer present; and noting potentially significant, individual trees. This volunteering role can be done remotely from home.

Volunteers can apply to carry out one or both elements of the role. Full training and support will be provided to ensure you are able to carry out research effectively with the support of archivists of the South West Heritage Trust and the Historic Heritage Officer of the Quantock Landscape Partnership Scheme.

An initial volunteer training session has been pencilled in for Nov 5 2021. Though this date may change to suit the cohort of volunteers applying and future dates may be available.

Volunteers say

My "drive" to volunteer was to avoid boredom and do something for the community. It’s a social thing and I enjoy how you get to learn about the history of Somerset

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Requirements

  • Interest in heritage, archaeology and history
  • Interest in landscape and archives
  • Willingness to spend time in a desk based-based role
  • For the digital map analysis: access to a computer or digital device at home
  • Reasonable level of computer literacy
  • Experience of using GIS (Geographic Information Systems) - Not essential
  • Ability to read a map - Not essential
  • Experience of data analysis - Not essential

Location

Somerset Heritage Centre, which is a fully accessible building. Brunel Way, Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton, TA2 6SF. Or the role can be completed remotely for the Digital Heritage Assistant Volunteering element.