Newstead Abbey needs volunteers

AN APPEAL has been made for volunteers to work at Newstead Abbey — even though jobs have been axed as part of a decision to close the historic house to the public for much of the year.

As reported in the Dispatch, owner Nottingham City Council resolved to shut the ancestral home of Lord Byron, apart from on certain Sundays, Bank Holidays and for guided tours, amid widespread spending cuts. The gardens remain open throughout the year.

The move sparked a worldwide campaign that ultimately failed.

But now, as part of the European Year of Volunteering, the city council wants to hear from anyone keen to work at the abbey or its other galleries or museums, including Wollaton Hall.

Some of the roles will include helping with family-learning activities or working at events.

To register an interest, call Jenna Stevens on 0115 8762205 or e-mail her at