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What you say...

"Absolutely fabulous well worth the money for us Australians. Thank you Dean Heritage Centre, it is delightful."

Fred & Alison Stones, Melbourne

"Excellent local museum - friendly staff lots of useful info, brilliant location."

Marcus & Ann Britt

Volunteering at the Dean Heritage Centre

The DHC offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities across our five acre site. We value the important work of our current team of volunteers who provide continued support across all areas of the site, in order to offer a wide range of services 360 days a year.

By becoming a member of this vital team, you will help protect and preserve the wonderful history and heritage of the Forest of Dean. There are a wide variety of roles available which volunteers are encouraged to make their own.

As a shop volunteer you are among the most visible faces of the charity and contribute hugely to how the public perceive us and the work we do. Our front of house staff are the friendly people that greet visitors when they enter the centre. They are the first port of call for visitors and their role includes working in the shop, selling tickets and answering visitor enquiries.
The DHC is a popular start to a lot of people's holidays to the area and we count on our front of house staff to provide a warm and professional welcome.

Volunteering at the Dean Heritage CentreHISTORICAL
The DHC was created to provide a repository for items that illustrate the vibrant and important history of the local area. Cataloguing and caring for the collection is a vital activity that ensures the history of the Forest of Dean is never forgotten.

As a key resource for Gloucestershire and important centre of education, we cater to a wide range of groups from independent researchers to school students. We are always looking to expand our offer and improve the visitor experience. From costumed interpretation to supporting our education officer, our education volunteers are hands on and get really involved!

Set across five acres of beautiful woodland, our maintenance team keep the paths clear and the site safe. A lot happens behind the scenes of the centre and volunteering is a fantastic way to learn about woodland management.

The centre has a busy events calendar which is a great way for individuals unable to commit to regular days to join in. We appreciate support at all levels whether it's distributing posters or helping out on the day.

If you would like to learn more about volunteering at the Dean Heritage Centre please email Iris Wright at