The Spike Heritage Centre (Guildford)


The popularity of the Heritage Centre (in Guildford) means that we need an increasing number of Tour Guides to show visitors around this Edwardian vagrants’ ward which was part of a Victorian workhouse, explaining the purpose of the building, it’s architecture and the social history behind it’s development and use.

As a volunteer you will start by ‘shadowing’ an existing guide and be given a transcript of a typical tour. We encourage our guides to add their own personality to the tours.

You will also have the opportunity, if you wish, to contribute to ongoing research, adding to the information given to our visitors.

In addition to the general tours every month, we also have typically three group tours and these can involve 10 to 50 visitors at a time. The times and dates vary and usually include refreshments and a discussion at the end of the tour.

Tour Guides are also called on to help with school visits, working in association with Education Assistants.

If you have an interest in social history, old buildings and their uses and local heritage then full training will be given as a guide and additional training is offered including First Aid and Fire Safety Courses.

Hours are flexible and most volunteers commit to a morning or afternoon once or twice a month. All hours are open to negotiation and based around opening times which are

Tuesday and Saturday   10am to 1pm and 1pm to 4pm

We provide refreshments, out of pocket expenses and free parking.

We also open by pre arrangement for group bookings almost any day of the year and at any time between 8am and 8pm

If you are interested or have any queries please contact us by clicking the 'Sign Up' button.


Mission Statement

To promote the benefit of the inhabitants of Charlotteville and the neighbourhood (hereinafter called ‘the area of benefit’) without distinction of sex, sexual orientation, race or of political or religious or other opinions, by associating together the said inhabitants and the local authorities, voluntary and other organisation in a common effort to advance education and provide facilities in the interest of social welfare for recreation and other leisure-time occupation with the object of improving the conditions of life for the said inhabitants.

To establish or secure the establishment of a Community Centre and to maintain the same, whether alone or in co-operation with any local statutory authority or other person or body in furtherance of these objects.