It seems English Heritage has launched a new push to get more volunteers ….
Good luck to them, they have always relied on an army of dedicated volunteers. But note the timing, 28 June, just 2 days after Simon Thurley’s upbeat message to members announcing how he was “delighted” that half of EH was to be floated off as a charity. EH can’t say so of course but things are going to be very tough for them. It doesn’t need much working out to know the sums won’t add up unless the number of unpaid workers is increased and even then they won’t add up (there’s a limit to how much more you can charge for already over-priced carrot cake!)
On the same theme (that the Big Society actually means if it doesn’t get done for free it won’t get done at all), see this http://www.museumsassociation.org/download?id=1010822 : Are you a trained curator with an appropriate postgraduate qualification? Want a part time job at a salary of £0 p.a. ?
Perhaps it’s precisely because there are so many people willing to give their time for free that the Government has dealt so severely with EH and the heritage sector, who knows? It seems as if a massive earner of tourism revenue is becoming largely manned by Middle England for a lot less than minimum wage!