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Lytes Cary Manor is an intimate medieval manor house that tells the story of the two families that lived here. Home to the Lytes family for several centuries before they left and it fell into ...

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House Engagement Volunteer

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Lytes Cary Manor (National Trust), Somerton, England TA11 7HU, United Kingdom
Nature & sustainabilityArt & culture
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Lytes Cary Manor (National Trust)
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Summary

Help us provide a warm welcome for all visitors and share the historic house and collections.

Detailed description

Role summary

Provide a warm welcome for all visitors whilst protecting the collections. Answer any immediate questions, help visitors to orientate themselves & give them the information they need to ensure they have a comfortable, enjoyable and memorable house visit.


What's involved? 

  • Engaging with our visitors, being an advocate for the Trust and its work, bringing this and the stories of Lytes Cary alive.
  • Helping to ensure the continued security and stability of the objects on loan, gifted and NT owned.
  • Welcoming and orientating visitors while promoting National Trust values.
  • Supporting with and encouraging visitors towards any fundraising initiatives on the property.
  • Being a first point of contact for health and safety emergencies.
  • You are important in making sure things run as smoothly and safely as possible – this includes health and safety and evacuation procedures
  • There might occasionally be some other activities that are of interest to you, that you could help with.


This role will suit you if you...

  • Have confidence in dealing with the public, with good observation, negotiating and listening skills.
  • Enjoy delivering great customer service and care.
  • Have a flexible and friendly approach.
  • Are able to respond to changing instructions and guidelines, prioritise tasks and remain calm during an emergency.
  • Are happy to be on site for a whole day shift in the house - 10.45 – 4.00pm rotating around the house.
  • Enjoy being an active part of a staff and volunteer team.


By getting involved you could

  • Use your smile and communication skills to help people feel at home.
  • Be an advocate for the National Trust and its work, actively looking after and engaging visitors with what we do and what is special about Lytes Cary Manor.
  • Help to interpret the house and wider property – sharing stories with visitors and answering questions.
  • Be part of an enthusiastic and varied team.
  • Enjoy new experiences and learn something new every day.
  • Gain great personal satisfaction, since you have the opportunity to make a real difference to our visitors’ experience.

What we will provide to volunteers

💸 Reimbursement of costs

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About Lytes Cary Manor (National Trust)

Lytes Cary Manor is an intimate medieval manor house that tells the story of the two families that lived here. Home to the Lytes family for several centuries before they left and it fell into disrepair, the Jenner’s bought it in 1907 and rescued it from decay.

The Jenner's restored the house in a 17th century style and adding on a new west wing, and the house as it stands today is filled with the collection they used when they lived here. The garden would have once been a very practical, working orchard, but much of the original garden was lost after the Lytes family sold the estate in 1755. When the Jenner family took up residence in 1907, Sir Walter and Lady Flora created a new garden. The design is inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, and is laid out in 'rooms'.

Lytes Cary also has an estate of around 350 acres, with tenant farmers, a woodland walk, and a route encompassing the river Cary.