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Volunteer Role


Purpose of role

The Winkhurst Tudor Kitchen is a very special area of the Museum. It is our working Tudor Kitchen which is one element of the Tudor Farmstead alongside Bayleaf Farmhouse, garden, barn and other areas.



Tasks you might be carrying out

Cooks in the Tudor Kitchen are given training the techniques needed to prepare historically accurate food that the visitors can try.

We encourage our Tudor cooks to dress in traditional clothing that the Museum has made which suitable for the status and era of the kitchen.

We also ask some volunteers to assist our Tudor Cooks by tending the fire and talking to our visitors.



This role would be a great fit if you:

  • Enjoy speaking to small groups of all ages
  • Don’t mind a dimly lit environment and cooking on an open fire
  • Enjoy learning new skills
  • Have a keen interest in history and heritage
  • Are willing to get involved to inspire and delight our visitors




Winkhurst Tudor kitchen is operated with the natural lighting of the era. The fire can at times become smoky and the role requires standing for long periods of time.



Time Commitment:

This volunteer role is available 7 days a week and we are looking for volunteers who are able to commit to Mondays, Wednesdays and weekends in particular.


Ideally, volunteers will be available between 10.00am and 5.00pm however, we are happy to accommodate a morning or afternoon shift with notice.

We would greatly appreciate a time commitment of at least 3 hours at a time.

This role will be available on a rota and volunteers can sign up to volunteer once a week or once a month.




We have a vast array of training to support our volunteers in offering an exceptional visitor experience.

During your induction you will be expected to attend the following training sessions:

  • The Museum in 2020
  • Bayleaf, Winkhurst & Cowfold training sessions
  • Environmental Health Training (Food Hygiene and Safety)
  • Historic Clothing (not essential)