We are recruiting a team of volunteers to help deliver Birmingham Cathedral’s Divine Beauty Project. Divine Beauty is an exciting project to conserve and celebrate the exceptional stained-glass windows by Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris at Birmingham Cathedral.
Volunteers will be initially trained as ‘window guides’ able to tell the story of the windows so far; how they were made, their history and significance, and how we as a community care for them going forwards and preserve them for future generations. Once up to speed on the Divine Beauty project there will be numerous other volunteer job roles available, for example, assisting with public activities and events, writing blogs and learning more about the conservation process when it takes place in 2023.
Our aim is that all volunteers will be able to talk enthusiastically about the stained-glass windows, as well as being able to share their knowledge of the conservation project through interaction with visitors, answering questions they may have about the work and explaining the significance of the windows both to Birmingham, and globally, as some of the most exceptional stained-glass in the world.
We need enthusiastic individuals who will be able to share and communicate their interest in the project, the windows, and the cathedral with others. You should enjoy talking to people and be able to handle them with tact and sensitivity.
You do not have to be a practising Christian, but you will be expected to work in alignment with the ethos of the Church of England. We will provide you with necessary training before you start. Depending on the phase of the project time commitment may vary
What this volunteering opportunity will provide you with:
- Knowledge of the international significance of the windows, the artists Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris and their links to Birmingham
- First-hand experience of a real-life conservation project and working with conservation specialists
- Experience interacting with people from an extremely diverse range of backgrounds.
- Opportunity to work on a variety of events and activities for the public, carry out research, write blogs
- Insight into the workings of the cathedral, experience working in a sacred building and place of faith
- The opportunity to practice speaking in various foreign languages dependent on the nationality of visitors you encounter.
- Opportunities to volunteer in further, more technically specific roles, in the cathedral.
- Experience working alongside a team of skilled and knowledgeable individuals both clergy and non-clergy
- Safeguarding and ACT training (this is a requirement)