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TAS Heritage Volunteers help to conserve our heritage both in Britain and in parts of Europe. Conservation and preservation of our heritage are tremendous burdens on the limited resources of museums, National Trust properties, historic houses, libraries and gardens.

Volunteers help them in non-specialist but vital ways by caring for collections, recording documents, guiding and stewarding. Heritage Volunteers help to keep them accessible for all.


St Mary’s church Lydiard Tregoz, Lydiard Park, Swindon

Situated on the western edge of Swindon and in the grounds of Lydiard House, the church has a magnificent collection of memorials to several generations of the St John family. Simon Jenkins rates this as one of the finest churches of its kind.  Volunteers are needed to ensure that the church is open at weekends during the summer.  The Society provides a good number of volunteers, but more are needed.

The Merchant’s House, Marlborough

We set up a volunteer project to help The Merchants House in Marlborough to complete the Turkeywork chairs. There remains a need for volunteers, not least volunteer guides as the house becomes a more popular tourist resource.

The house was built in 1653 after a fire destroyed a large part of the High Street.  The House is now run by the Merchants’ House (Marlborough) Trust, which is a registered charity.  In 1653 Silk Merchant, Thomas Bayly owned the property.  The aim of the Trustees is to recreate the house as it would have looked at that time.

The House is keen for volunteers to spend whatever time they can afford in recreating the chairs in the turkeywork stitch.  During visits it is interesting to hear more of the history whilst sitting in a chair overlooking the High Street.  One can just imagine what life was like in the 17th century!

Wootton Bassett Museum

In 2018 we are helping the museum to make an inventory of their old photographs.We hope to extend  this work next year.

Swindon Railway Cottage

We provide stewards who enable it to be open to the public once a month during the summer months. There are plans to continue in future years.

For details of any of the above, please contact

Janet Cooper-Tydemann on janet.cooper-tydeman@ntlworld.com or on 07947 006427