Working to help the sector unlock the power of volunteering

At Heritage Volunteering Group, we work on a range of projects designed to champion and promote best practice in volunteering and volunteer management. We also work with a wide variety of partners to ensure heritage volunteering has a strong voice both in our sector and beyond.

Annual Report 2022-2023

We have spent the past year working to help the sector and our members and the details of what we have done can be found by downloading and reading our annual report and financial statement on the activities of HVG including a summary of accounts.

Some of our key statistics for 2022-2023:

  • 556 members from across the world – a growth of 26% from the previous year
  • 200 participants at our coffee afternoons
  • The sector’s flagship volunteer management conference – a 38% increase in attendance
  • 95,000 social media views
  • 15% increase in followers to our YouTube channel
  • 2,349 number of times, Staying Connected our main publication was read
  • Delivered targeted EDI work, including running an EDI Action Learning Set Programme

Download our Annual report here

Creating Capacity

In 2020, we undertook a piece of work with Historic England to explore what was needed to rebuild volunteering capacity in our sector. Creating Capacity explores these findings and makes a set of recommendations that highlight the strategic and structural changes the sector needs to make, arguing that organisations need to think strategically about volunteer involvement, invest in their participation and provide the leadership to create new and innovative models of volunteering that will enable the sector to thrive post covid. Learn more in this short video.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

If you’re looking for inspiration on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, this Trello board of resources is collected and given by HVG members. Thank you to everyone who has contributed content, it is really growing. If you have got something that has been useful for you and want to share with others? Get in touch and we will aim to get it added in as soon as possible.

Heritage Volunteering Survey

In 2019 we conducted a survey into the scale, nature and impact of volunteering in the heritage sector. The survey, which was created with the help of Agenda Consulting, The Museums Association and NCVO, provides a fascinating insight into volunteering in our sector and raises interesting questions about the lack of diversity and the roles volunteers play.

HVG Survey Report 2019

HVG Survey Exec Summary

Working in Partnership 

To ensure that heritage volunteering has a voice within the sector and beyond, we work in partnership with a range of organisations and networks:

  • DCMS: We attend fortnightly briefings on volunteering and volunteer engagement during Covid-19.
  • Character Matters: A cross-sector network, that includes the MA, AIM and Arts Council England, that works together to support the museum sector workforce, including volunteers and freelancers, at this uncertain time.
  • Subject Specialist Networks Consortium: A network that supports and brings together a broad range of subject specialist networks.
  • Voluntary Voices: A project led by Newcastle University and Arts & Heritage designed to support volunteers working with art collections.

Recommended Reading and Listening

Here are some of our favourite books and podcasts to help you grow as leaders of volunteers

If you are interested in working with us in future please email us.