By using this website, you consent to our use of cookies I Agree Read our cookie policy

Croydon Airport Society on the search for volunteers

Croydon Airport Society on the search for volunteers
Jun 19, 2016 Shaking Hands 0 comments
This post was first published on The Croydon Advertiser on 15/06/2016

Croydon Airport Society is looking for a team of hands-on volunteers.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) gave £10,000 to CAS last year for their project ‘Revealing the Hidden Heritage of Croydon Airport’.

The society will recruit and train volunteers and to help keep open and research the society’s archives, making them more accessible through new displays and an online platform.

Last year’s grant was the first time the visitor centre, in Purley Way, has received any funding according to the CAS Chair Ian Walker.

He added: “It’s a great initiative, giving the local community a unique opportunity to get involved with a fantastic part of our national heritage.

“We are seeing more and more people visit every year and this HLF Sharing Heritage funding will give us the opportunity to exhibit unseen works and meet growing public demand.”

Croydon Airport was the first London Airport and was used during the Second World War.

Sue Bowers, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund London, said: “Croydon Airport holds a wealth of information relating to our nation’s aviation heritage.

“This project will not only improve the conservation and accessibility of the archives, but also offers some fantastic opportunities for volunteers, the local community and visitors.”

The society is now looking for a chairperson, volunteers and trustees to join the visitor centre team.

Croydon Airport Society (CAS) is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist with opening the Croydon Airport Visitor Centre to the public. CAS took over the responsibility for running Croydon Airport Visitor Centre from Croydon Council in 2001 and runs it with an entirely volunteer workforce; the Centre now has a total of 2700 visitors per year and is rated as Croydon’s number one visitor attraction on Trip Advisor. We need volunteers to assist with the maintenance and upkeep of the museum areas of the building.

CHAIRPERSON AND TRUSTEES – ROLE INFORMATION

Are you interested in heritage conservation, the value of independent museums and the history of air travel? If so, we’d love to hear from you!

The Historic Croydon Airport Trust is the new Charitable Incorporated Organisation established to operate the hugely popular Croydon Airport Visitor Centre (CAVC), manage its 100,000 document archive and non-voting membership. The charity has recently successfully completed a £10,000 Heritage Lottery Fund project.

Due to increasing demand in all aspects of the charity’s operations, the Historic Croydon Airport Trust is looking to establish a team of “hands on” Trustees to lead the organisation through its next stage of development. This is an exciting time for the newly established CIO with growing recognition in the unique contribution that this landmark 20th century airport played in the development of international air travel.

The CAVC is located in the world’s oldest Air Traffic Control Tower situated in the Grade II listed former terminal building (now an independent business centre). It charts the beginnings of international air travel, record breaking pilots like Amy Johnson and Charles Lindbergh, innovations such as “Mayday, Mayday, Mayday” and Britain’s first national airline, Imperial Airways. The archives are located in temporary accommodation on a separate site.

Trustee experience

We are looking to recruit a Chair and new Trustees to strengthen our Board, who share our vision and manage the charity through an exciting period of change. Management and business development experience are desirable, as are administration skills. In addition we are looking for enthusiastic Trustees who have the following skills, experience and attributes:-

  • Commitment and time to meet challenges and be effective in the role
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Able to work effectively in a team
  • Prepared to be “hands on” with day-to- day operations
  • Ensure the charity is well managed, accountable and meets Charity Commission requirements
  • Provide the Trust with experience and expertise in your field
  • Act as a representative and champion for the charity
  • Interested in conserving historic buildings and the history of air travel

As part of our drive to strengthen and diversify our Board we have identified some areas that would be beneficial to the charity: –

  • Museum management, accreditation process and creative exhibition development
  • Volunteer recruitment and management
  • Fundraising, securing corporate and philanthropic sponsorship and/ or bid-writing
  • Media relations and/or campaigning and communications
  • Heritage conservation and releasing private heritage buildings for community use
  • Legal experience appropriate to the charity’s operations with emphasis on copyright and orphan works and/or commercial property
  • Academic/architectural research of early 20th century buildings

Chair experience

  • The Chair will play a key role in shaping the development of the charity, steering its future course and working towards achieving national recognition that the landmark heritage building warrants. The Chair will need excellent interpersonal skills and be able to build effective teams, enabling the charity to achieve its goals. As well as the Trustee attributes listed above, ideally the Chair will have experience in some of the following areas:-
  • Business and strategic planning and delivery
  • Management and administration preferably at Senior level
  • Growing staff capacity and recruiting key personnel
  • Building support from influential organisations at local, regional and national level
  • Delivering and managing change
  • Encouraging new and creative approaches to achieve key aims

Commitment

All the roles are voluntary. The Trustee positions are for an initial two year period. Board meetings are held approximately every six weeks and run for about 2.5 hours. Hours are flexible over the month and would require the equivalent of two days (16 hours).Flexibility and commitments are essential, as are basic word processing and e-communication skills. The Chairperson would need to commit to around one day per week in the initial stages with hours being flexible.

HANDY PERSON – VOLUNTEER ROLE DESCRIPTION

Where

lCroydon Airport Visitor Centre, Airport House, Purley Way, Croydon, CR0 0XZ

When

  • Ad Hoc on a as and when required basis

Commitment

  • To assist as and when

Supervision

lBy existing volunteers in the first instance.

Skills or interests needed

  • A general jack of all trades

Volunteer Tasks

  • Changing light bulbs
  • Fixing exhibits
  • Painting
  • Putting up pictures
  • Any other DIY jobs that might be required

TOUR GUIDE – VOLUNTEER ROLE DESCRIPTION

Where

lCroydon Airport Visitor Centre, Airport House, Purley Way, Croydon, CR0 0XZ

When

  • 1st Sunday of every month 10.45 – 16.15
  • Additional dates for different festivals or activities, e.g. Open House Weekend in September

Commitment

  • We ask for a bi-monthly (or more) commitment i.e. 6 days a year.

Supervision

lBy existing volunteers in the first instance.

Skills or interests needed

  • Interest in local, transport, aviation or social history
  • Interest in a face to face role with members of the public
  • Knowledge of cash handling would be useful for some tasks (but is not necessary)
  • The ability to engage with our visitors and communicate our story

Volunteer Tasks

  • Demonstrating display tools to visitors and answering their questions
  • Looking after displays and exhibits on open days
  • Conducting guided tours of the museum with group of up to 20 people
  • Assist with the set up and break down of the exhibit

VISITOR ASSISTANT – VOLUNTEER ROLE DESCRIPTION

Where

lCroydon Airport Visitor Centre, Airport House, Purley Way, Croydon, CR0 0XZ

When

  • 1st Sunday of every month 10.45 – 16.15
  • Additional dates for different festivals or activities, e.g. Open House Weekend in September

Commitment

  • We ask for a bi-monthly (or more) commitment i.e. 6 days a year.

Supervision

lBy existing volunteers in the first instance.

Skills or interests needed

  • Interest in local, transport, aviation or social history
  • Interest in a face to face role with members of the public
  • Knowledge of cash handling would be useful for some tasks (but is not necessary)

Volunteer Tasks

  • Demonstrating display tools to visitors and answering their questions
  • Greeting visitors as they arrive, explaining what there is to see and directing people to facilities
  • Looking after displays and exhibits on open days

TRAINING PROVISION / BENEFITS ON ALL POSITIONS

  • Introductory training on working in museums / heritage attractions and to Croydon Airport (probably fortnightly on Saturday afternoons May to July)
  • Valuable work experience in a visitor / museum environment
  • Travel expenses paid
  • Part of a small and friendly museum community / society

 

Comments(0)