Volunteers' Week 2017

The Learning Team

06 Jun 2017

Here at the Battle of Bannockburn, we want our visitors to be fully immersed in the medieval battlefield experience. One fun and interactive way of understanding what it was like to be a soldier in the 1300s is to hold some of their weapons and try on their clothing and armour. With the help of our volunteers, we open the doors to our Learning Room at the weekend, giving visitors a unique opportunity to dress up like a knight, or feel the weight of a medieval longsword.

If you have ever visited our Learning Room, especially at the weekend, there’s a high possibility that the person who helped you try on a great helm was one of our brilliant volunteers!

Here's some of our volunteers delivering a terrifying battle-cry:

Volunteer Selfie

All of our volunteers are passionate and knowledgeable about Scottish history and many of them conduct research into the topic during their spare time – we learn as much from them as they do from us! If you ever want to know how far a longbow could shoot an arrow, or what a warhammer was used for, just ask our volunteers!

Volunteering in the weapons room can be quite physically intensive: our maille shirts weigh around fifteen kilograms, so spare a thought for our volunteers as they hoick them up and over your head!      

The help doesn’t stop there: some of our volunteers assist us with school visits and pitch in on archaeology days, while an impressive team helped our Community Ranger to construct a new Physic Garden as part of a Heritage Lottery Funded project. 

Most of all, our volunteering team help us to create a welcoming and safe environment for our visitors to get “hands-on” with history, and we simply couldn’t do it without them. In recognition of their exemplary contributions, our volunteers won the National Trust for Scotland’s Volunteer Team of the Year in 2016!

On Volunteers’ Week, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our volunteers for their amazing efforts!   

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