Heritage Volunteering Group was set up in 2014 to promote volunteering, champion best practice and connect practitioners

Our Vision

Championing best practice in the development of heritage volunteering within the UK.

Our Mission

HVG supports and champions volunteering best practice across the heritage sector. We seek to support all volunteer-involving heritage organisations, from the natural to the built environment, and ranging from volunteer led organisations to independent, regional or National Museums, trusts or groups.

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

We will achieve our mission by focusing on three strategic areas:

-Supporting and facilitating networking and ideas sharing
-Signposting to useful resources that support good practice
-Giving heritage volunteering a voice at all level



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:

Danielle Garcia
Imperial War Museum (North)
For all other enquiries contact Danielle:

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
Natural History Museum

Becky Fletcher
Birmingham Museums Trust

Brian Dixon
British Aviation Preservation Council

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

Gemma Dhami
Museums Worcestershire

Helen Ashby
Heritage Railways Association

Helen Timbrell
National Trust

Helen Webb
National Maritime Museum

Jim Hutchinson
Imperial War Museums

John McMahon
Heritage Lottery Fund

Kate Glynn
Manchester Museum

Kristen Stevenson

Lee Huish
Bletchley Park

Noreen Meehan
The Arts Society

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.