The Arts Society Heritage Volunteers are teams of committed non-specialist volunteers who work under the guidance of curators and other professionals to help conserve our heritage. [The image shows Heritage Volunteers learning how to conserve books at the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester.]

Heritage Volunteers undertake projects for:

  • museums
  • National Trust properties
  • historic houses
  • libraries and gardens

They give their time to care for collections, record documents and act as guides and stewards. We have volunteers at the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester. Current projects include:

• A small team of our members has been working for nearly 3 years on basic book conservation at the Library of the Dorset County Museum.  In December 2016 they were delighted to receive further training from the experienced bookbinder, Frank Brown.  Frank was able to share some of his knowledge and enthusiasm with the team who look forward to further training sessions and to putting their newly acquired skills into action.

During the first part of the year there was a fall in the number of volunteers for various reasons so that the group of active DCDFAS volunteers reduced to 6 but, following an announcement at the April lecture numbers are now back up to 8.  

Although everybody attended the first session with a professional bookbinder, in mid-December, the 2017 year started with dusting and sorting the books for repair. 

However after only 2 sessions with him the group already had new skills and confidence to be able to repair books without him being present.  Tasks undertaken include:

·  Repair or leather replacement of spines complete with gold embellishment

·  Repair of book corners including replacement with leather covered card

·  Page separation of complete books to enable re-glueing and cover/spine repair

·   Renovation of the Dorset Scrapbook which dates from ~1790 to the 1930s.

The group has now had 5 training sessions and have enjoyed his infectious enthusiasm and acquiring new skills and are most grateful for the time and materials he has kindly given.

 New members are always welcome. In the first instance please contact either Nichola Lane or Pat Davies through this website. 

• Members from our society and many other The Arts Society member societies in the Wessex Area have stewarded exhibitions.