Heritage Volunteers ....Conserving and preserving our heritage...

The principal aim of Arts Society Heritage Volunteers is to aid the preservation of our national artistic heritage for the benefit of the public.
The volunteers give their time freely, providing an invaluable resource in the core areas of collection care, knowledge and access for museums, galleries and historic houses. The volunteers are valued and enjoy the benefits of unique learning opportunities through regular training, professional supervision and guidance.

Picton Castle Library

The Arts Society of West Wales have established a partnership with our host organisation Picton Castle Development Trust. Our work will focus upon the conservation of their library collection of 18th and 19th century books and manuscripts together with Stimpson collection of Victorian games and toys.

We began work in 2020 with a specialist training course led by the Arts Society’s accredited book conservator, Caroline Bendix. This included book structure and covering materials, condition assessing, cleaning and minor repairs. Our first few practical sessions in the library commenced in March 2020 only to be closed down due to the pandemic.
The group of 20 volunteers were very disappointed but remained committed and have reformed now that restrictions at the castle have been lifted. Caroline returned to deliver a refresher course before we restarted practical sessions this March.
There are over 1900 books in the library and elsewhere in the castle so this will be a lengthy task probably taking several years. We meet in small groups of about 5 volunteers each and the sessions of 3 hours are spaced over the month so that the time commitment is only once every fortnight.
We will report progress to the committee and anything of note will appear on this website…watch this space.

Group Leaders:
Cathy Arthur, Anne Williams-Curtis, Susanna Morgan and Anne Owston
Heritage Volunteer Rep:

Ann Maria Thomas