Arts Society Heritage Volunteers are busy across the country and abroad working in many different roles. From conserving and caring for collections, recording artefacts and documents, to guiding and stewarding, providing an invaluable service to museums, historic houses, archives, libraries and gardens and allowing precious resources to be allocated to other critical areas.
Arts Society Wolverhampton Heritage Volunteers are currently working on researching the previous owners of Compton Hall, a local hospice known as Compton Care, which excitingly still has some evidence of the Morris & Company refurbishment of 1895/6. William Morris visited the Hall in 1985 and the last fabric design which he was involved with before he died is actually called Compton.
The completion of the project will see three Heritage boards on the walls of the Compton Care coffee shop in the Lodge to give information and interest about Compton Hall.
Arts Volunteers provide exciting projects and activities aimed at fostering a love of the arts amongst the young. Previously called Young Arts, the programme has been renamed Arts Volunteers to enable us to work more freely promoting art to all age groups.
Run solely by volunteers, our 2019/ 2020 programme focused on three key areas: Providing children and their mothers from a refuge with a half day art workshop run by Hannah Boyd during the Easter holiday. Urban sketching workshops for A level students led by well known Midlands artist and RBSA member, Edward Isaacs. Submission of entries from local A Level students into The Arts Society national awards, The Arts Society RBA Star.
We are currently devising our future programme, so if you would like to get involved, please contact us…
Our churches house some of the country’s most important treasures and examples of creativity, from metalwork, sculpture, woodwork, stonework, textiles, paintings, manuscripts, memorials and windows.
Our national Church Recording programme aims to record these treasures for future generations and already 2,300 volunteers across 170 groups have documented over 1,800 churches around the country, meticulously and methodically examining, researching, recording and photographing the furnishings, artefacts and fabric of our places of worship – and making exciting discoveries along the way.
Wolverhampton and Wrekin Church Recorders have recently finished All Saints Church, Claverley and prior to that they recorded the contents of St Peter’s Church Worfield. They work in small groups and find it a fascinating, enjoyable and rewarding activity. Training is provided and no previous experience or knowledge is required, other than the ability to look carefully and note what you see.
Image: All Saints Claverley by Michael Garlick.