Fundraising and Marketing the Mansion
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SummaryWe are looking for enthusiastic, reliable and flexible volunteers to help with fundraising and marketing the Mansion
The estimate for conservation of the Mansion is around £5m, so we are always
seeking ways of raising more money and increasing the number of visitors. We need
volunteers to assist with this.
The tasks involved are not difficult, but need time and effort. Recent examples
include organising and selling raffle tickets, updating the local press about our events and selling Mansion merchandise at local Christmas Fairs. These opportunities might suit people who cannot commit time to come to the Mansion regularly, or who prefer to volunteer from home. Occasionally we also need volunteers to assist in our office.
Due to the remote nature of the mansion, you will need your own transport to get here on the occasions you need to be on site. Sadly no travel expenses are re-imbursed.
About Woodchester Mansion Trust
It is an unfinished masterpiece. Building started about 1857, but stopped in the mid-1860s so floors and ceilings are missing, walls not plastered and windows unglazed. All the secrets of the construction of the Mansion are visible - something visitors will never see in another country house.
The Mansion was designed by a young local architect, Benjamin Bucknall from Rodborough. He produced a unique Gothic Revival house which blends the local traditional work in limestone with the ideas of the French architectural thinker Viollet-le-Duc.
If you are interested in the Mansion and its history we have a book.
The quality of the stone carvings in the Mansion is outstanding: some are inspired by the plants in the surrounding valley and others are life-like images of animals. There are also real mammals to be seen as the Mansion houses breeding colonies of Greater and Lesser Horseshoe bats.
Owned by Stroud District Council, the Mansion is managed by the Woodchester Mansion Trust (it is not a National Trust property). On Open Days visitors can see how the house was built, admire the fine carvings and look at the bats on CCTV. Refreshments are available, we have a gift shop and the surrounding Woodchester Park (National Trust) can be explored. It is also possible to arrange private tours and hire of the Mansion.