• Old Royal Naval College awarded esteemed Investing in Volunteers standard
  • Award demonstrates high standard of volunteer management and volunteer experience
  • Award precedes new volunteer recruitment drive ahead of Painted Hall Project

For further information or images please contact Tom Ryley, Communications and Digital Officer, at [email protected] or call +44 (0)20 8269 4762.

The Old Royal Naval College has been awarded the Investing in Volunteers standard. Only the second museum to achieve the award, the Old Royal Naval College began its volunteer programme in 2010 and now manages just under 100 volunteers.

Investing in Volunteers is the UK quality standard recognising good practice in organisations' management of volunteers. It enables an organisation to comprehensively review its volunteer management and to publicly demonstrate its commitment to volunteering.

The Old Royal Naval College has implemented a new volunteering strategy for the next 3 years whilst working toward the standard, written in part through volunteer focus groups. This includes training programmes exploring the site’s history, how to give effective talks and handling sessions and how to engage different audiences, with a greater focus on diversity, equality and inclusion. Volunteers have also been integrated into the Old Royal Naval College staff and volunteer survey, allowing them to share their views. These measures have allowed volunteers to become more confident and effective in their roles.

Brendan McCarthy, Chief Executive at the Old Royal Naval College, said:

“The Old Royal Naval College is proud and pleased to receive the Investing in Volunteers accreditation.  We see the development of volunteering here as a great way of delivering public benefit and have been delighted as the number of volunteers, in various roles across the organisation, has grown and continues to do so. To receive this important benchmark is testament to the hard work of our staff and volunteers over the last few years in developing the Volunteer Programme so effectively.”

Anne Burton, Volunteer Co-ordinator, said:

“Investing in Volunteers demonstrates real achievement measured against a rigorous national standard and ensures that knowledge of volunteer management is encapsulated at organisational level. It also demonstrates to our volunteers how much they are valued and will give them confidence in our ability to provide an outstanding volunteer experience. The accreditation has helped us to identify, recruit and retain the right volunteers and will encourage more volunteers to join us.”

The Old Royal Naval College will be recruiting more volunteers ahead of its 2017 tours of the Painted Hall during conservation, in which the public will be able to get up close to the ceiling of the Painted Hall via a specially-constructed observation platform. Volunteers will play an instrumental role in managing and leading these tours, with both “above deck” explainer and “below deck” supporter roles available.

To learn more about both these roles, visit the volunteering page: LINK HERE 

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For more information or images contact:

Tom Ryley

Communications and Digital Officer

[email protected]

+44 (0)20 8269 4762

About the Old Royal Naval College:

The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich is Sir Christopher Wren’s riverside masterpiece. This British landmark encompasses some of the finest buildings in the world, and is the must-see architectural centrepiece of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site.

Visitors can see the magnificent Painted Hall and the Neoclassical Chapel, hear the stories of the site and of those who lived and worked here, and enjoy the beautiful historic grounds.

With a bar and restaurant serving locally sourced quality British food, the Old Royal Naval College is the perfect destination for a great day out. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Established as the Royal Hospital for Seamen by King William III and Queen Mary II in 1694, the buildings of the Old Royal Naval College were designed by Sir Christopher Wren, and from 1705 provided accommodation for retired sailors, housing as many as 2,700 residents at its peak in 1814. In 1869 the site became home to the Royal Naval College, an officers’ training academy, until 1997. When the Navy left, the site was opened to the public as an extraordinary cultural destination to enlighten, enrich and delight for present and future generations.  


Supporting the Old Royal Naval College

Conservation work on the Painted Hall began in September 2016 and is due for completion in early 2019. However, the Old Royal Naval College is still seeking £2m to enable it to reach its £8m target. The public can support their effort by ‘sponsoring a Square Foot’: LINK HERE

The Old Royal Naval College is grateful to the following organisations for their support of this project: the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Sackler Trust, The Garfield Weston Foundation, the Fidelity UK Foundation, the Foyle Foundation, Sir Siegmund Warburg's Voluntary Settlement, the Pilgrim Trust, the Headley Trust, the 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust and many anonymous donations.

To learn more about the conservation project visit http://www.ornc.org.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk @heritagelottery