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 in, for example, 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.

Heritage Volunteering is a rewarding activity- not only is there the satisfaction of helping in a conservation project, but there are opportunities for working with a team and learning new skills.

Latest news...

A new Heritage Volunteer representative will join the committee for the new season.

Ian Milton will be proposed to join the Committee at the AGM to move forward with another potential Heritage Volunteering project and has started discussions with members and local organisations to decide what that project could be. Ian has a career background as a chartered librarian and in adult education and so is well qualified to lead us. He also has a deep interest in local history - he has served as Chairman of the Chichester Canal Trust recently - and is certain we can find an interesting project relating to Chichester. He hopes to be able to say what that will be by the time of our AGM.


Heritage Project for 2018


The CASS archive is the only multi-artist sculpture archive in the U.K. and features hundreds of works by over 300 artists. It is a unique space and historical art resource that documents the development of contemporary sculpture over the past three decades.

As part of the INSPIRE project at The CASS Sculpture Foundation, 24 Lavant Valley Heritage Volunteers supported the Archivist in her task of surveying, cataloguing and digitising the extraordinary CASS archive and with the conservation of stored materials. 
They also supported the Heritage, Education and Outreach Coordinator with tasks related to local workshops and the development of audio guides.

Due to an internal reorganisation within CASS this project finished early but our volunteers achieved much to preserve the fascinating history of the archive.  Some of our volunteers now carry on supporting the Education and Outreach coordinator at CASS  

Chichester Festival Theatre

Our Lavant Valley Heritage Volunteers played an important role in the Chichester Festival Theatre’s 50th anniversary 'Pass-It-On‘ archiving project, which was completed in 2016. We are continuing our work at the theatre with a small group of experienced volunteers who are now tackling the archiving of additional scrapbooks from the Evershed-Martin’s press cuttings collection.

December 2017 The Theatre’s new Community and Heritage Officer had this to say about our volunteers:  

‘It has been an absolute pleasure to work with such hard-working and intelligent people over the past term, your enthusiasm and love for the theatre and the archive is infectious; it has made my first three months here all the more enjoyable.‘Anna Mould | Community and Heritage Officer | Chichester Festival Theatre

West Dean House 

Our members form part of a group of volunteers involved with conservation cleaning, exhibition stewarding, house guiding, archival research,cataloguing and collection care at West Dean House which was the home of Edward James in the early C20th.