Creating connections and sharing best practice since 2014

Our Mission

At the Heritage Volunteering Group our mission is to help you unlock the power of volunteering through collaboration and sharing best practice.

Our Values

Passionate and always smiling, we believe that by inspiring collaboration and creating opportunities for people to share ideas that we can help transform volunteering in the heritage sector.

What we do

Through our Networking Forum, we help volunteer management groups connect and share best practice, building sustainability through collaboration.

At our Annual Conference we bring together leaders and practitioners from across the sector, providing a national platform for connectivity and sharing new ideas.

Through Twitter, we connect with thousands of you each day. Whilst our website provides a place for you to access helpful resources, connect with local networks and discover innovative volunteer projects.

Who are we for?

From the natural to the built environment, from volunteer led organisations to national museums, trusts and groups, if you want us, then we want we you.

If you’re looking for a more specific answer, our definition of ‘Heritage’ reflects that of the Heritage Lottery Fund and includes:

  • Land and Natural Heritage Museums
  • Libraries and Archives
  • Buildings and Monuments
  • Cultures and Memories
  • Industrial, Maritime and Transport Community Heritage




There are three levels of membership within HVG: our Executive Committee, our Steering Group and our members.

Executive Committee: Three positions responsible for leading the development of HVG.

Matthew Hick
Science Museum Group
For any media enquiries contact Matt:

Richard Gough
Vice Chair
Iron Bridge Gorge Museum’s Trust
For any regional network enquiries contact Richard:

Emma Hermon
Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
For all other enquiries contact Emma:

Steering Group: Up to 30 representatives with responsibility for, or expertise in, volunteer management who support the development of HVG and meet three times annually.

Ali Thomas
Imperial War Museum

Becky Fletcher
Birmingham Museums Trust

Brian Dixon
Aviation Heritage UK

Chloe Keen
National Trust

Chris Smyth
Heritage Railways Association

Colin Shearer
Churches Conservation Trust


Debbie Wilson
National Museum of Scotland

Emma Hermon
Canals and Rivers Trust

Ffion Davies
National Museum Wales

Helen Webb
National Maritime Museum

Kate Glynn
Manchester Museum

Kathleen Bowen
The Arts Society

Matt Hart
Churches Conservation Trust

Rhiannon Green
Horniman Museum and Gardens

Rob Jackson

Vanessa Theed
Museum Of London

Verity Hancock
English Heritage

Members: Open to anyone who has an interest in the development of volunteering within the UK Heritage Sector. Members are sent information about events, minutes from the Steering Group meetings and opportunities to join the Steering Group as they arise.

More information about us can be found in our Terms of Reference or if you are interested in becoming a Member you can sign up at Better Impact.