VOLUNTEERS

Fort Amherst’s diverse team of skilled and friendly volunteers keep the Fort running smoothly. If you have time to spare and a skill to share, we’d love to hear from you!

Current roles: Tour Guide; Visitor Welcome; Office Support; General Maintenance; Gardener; Events; Cannon and Ordnance Restoration.

Training is provided to all volunteers, and will include:

  • Familiarisation with the site and staff
  • Induction and health & safety training
  • Role-specific training

To find out more about volunteering, please contact the Fort Amherst General Manager:

01634 847 747

KERRIE

Grounds & Maintenance Volunteer at Fort Amherst Heritage Trust

“I work in lots of different areas of the Fort, from maintaining the grounds to helping on our events. I've enjoyed making new friends, it's been great for my mental health and I've enjoyed learning new skills.”

Kerrie

Tour Guide

Help our visitors explore over 300 years of history.
Lead tours of up to 25 visitors around the Fort Amherst Tunnels and grounds.
The role requires:

  • Knowledge of Fort history, particularly Napoleonic period and World War II
  • Friendly, enthusiastic and confident communicator
  • Ability to consistently deliver interesting tours to a variety of audiences
  • Ensure site and visitors are safe and secure
Tour Guide

Visitor Welcome

Be the friendly face of Fort Amherst and engage our visitors. The role requires:

  • Greet and welcome visitors, answer questions and give directions
  • Enrich visitor experience with stories, fun facts and anecdotes
  • Ensure site and visitors are safe and secure
Visitor Welcome

Office Support

Based in our main office, play a vital role in the running of Fort Amherst.
The role requires:

  • Good organisation and a polite manner
  • Dealing with phone and email enquiries and updating databases
  • Assisting with events as required
Tour Guide

General Maintenance

Help preserve Fort Amherst for future generations. Opportunities are varied; you can even gain experience, skills and qualifications.

  • Strict adherence to health and safety guidelines
  • Repairs, maintenance, painting, basic carpentry, building and plumbing
  • Carrying items around the site
  • Preparation and clearing up for events
  • Interaction with the public (they may be curious about your role!)
Tour Guide

Gardener

Do you have ‘green fingers’? Help us to maintain Fort Amherst’s historically significant grounds. Opportunities are varied; you can even gain experience, skills and qualifications. The role requires:

  • Strict adherence to health and safety guidelines
  • Grass cutting, weeding, strimming, planting and pruning
  • Care of Victorian Allotments, Memorial garden, Herb Garden and Picnic Area
  • Clearing of undergrowth
Visitor Welcome

Events

Fort Amherst offers a varied programme of events, and we need to ensure that our visitors have a high-quality and enjoyable experience. If you are time-flexible, friendly and prepared to ‘muck in’, please get in touch.
The role requires:

  • Assisting with setting up and clearing away events
  • Liaising with suppliers and performers
  • Stewarding, litter-picking, administration … and possibly more!
  • Supporting the promotion of Fort Amherst at events
Tour Guide

Cannon and Ordnance Restoration

This team has a passion for conserving and restoring a whole range of cannons and military ordnance for display. We request that you have some aptitude for carpentry, metalwork repair, use of power tools and good DIY skills – and the desire to learn new skills, too. We would love to hear from volunteers with conservation techniques.
The role requires:

  • Strict adherence to health and safety guidelines
  • Repair and maintenance of historical cannons and ordnance
  • Building and maintaining cannon carriages
  • Movement and siting of items
Tour Guide

FORT AMHERST HERITAGE TRUST

Fort Amherst’s restoration is due to the dedication of its Trust members and volunteers.

We are actively seeking trustees with a variety of skills to help us with this important work. We welcome you to enquire to find out more.

The Trust Objectives:

“Acquiring, restoring, maintaining, safeguarding and preserving the historical fortifications known as Fort Amherst and the Lines in the City of Rochester-Upon Medway and the Borough of Gillingham in the county of Kent, and making the same available for research and for the educational and recreational viewing and use by the public.”

About Fort Amherst Heritage Trust:

Fort Amherst Heritage Trust owns the freehold of almost the entire site, which is a scheduled ancient monument, designated in 1959 (1003364 - known as Brompton Lines).

Fort Amherst Heritage Trust depends on volunteers to maintain and operate the Fort. The Trust has developed a culture of social responsibility and integration with the local community.

Fort Amherst Heritage Trust was formed in 1998 as a charitable company limited by Guarantee (charity number 1102399, company number 4362306). It succeeded the Fort Amherst & Lines Trust, and in 2010 merged with Medway Historical Ordnance, a separate Charity established to preserve and maintain the Fort’s nationally important collection of historical ordnance.

Trust Volunteers

DAVID
LENEHAN

David Lenehan has been a Fort Amherst Volunteer for over 2 years.

He has helped with many tasks, from grass cutting and grounds work to taking an active role in the monthly Ghost Tours, Paranormal events and successful annual Halloween Horror.

“ Each day is different, from litter picking, emptying bins, cleaning the loos and keeping the site clean and tidy. My other roles include working with our maintenance team, and helping to keep the fabric and structure in good order: all jobs necessary so the general public have a pleasant stay with us.

We have a great and dedicated team of volunteers at the Fort, with back-up from our trustees, general management and supervisors, all of whom are there to advise and assist.

I enjoy my time with the Fort, and get a lot of satisfaction helping to maintain part of our history – as well as keeping active now I’ve retired.

I’m looking forward to many more years helping out!”

David Lenehan

Make a Donation

As a charity we need your help to protect and maintain Fort Amherst and its Grounds.

Fort Amherst has stood for over 300 years but without ongoing care it would be lost to time and the elements. You can support our valuable conservation work in many ways; you could make a general donation, give in memory or leave a legacy.

Take your place in Fort Amherst’s story by helping to give our heritage a future.

For further information about how to donate, please contact the General Manager by emailing

generalmanager@fortamherst.com

Ventilation system for our historic Tunnels and Buildings

By donating, you can help protect the future of Fort Amherst's heritage. A ventilation system will help to remove the damp which plagues our Tunnels and Buildings. With this in place we will be able to install more collections throughout our buildings and improve the visitor experience for all.

Grounds equipment and machinery

By donating, you’ll be providing vital funds to help us repair and purchase vital equipment for our extensive grounds maintenance

Training

By donating to this important appeal, your donation will help towards funding training courses for the development of our Volunteers and Staff; creating an even better experience for our visitors.

Circular Saw and a Jig Saw

By donating, you’ll be providing funds for us to purchase these vital pieces of equipment to replace our ageingsaws! This will make a huge difference to our maintenance team who work tirelessly to help preserve Fort Amherst for the future.

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