Fancy Some Voluntary Work? Your Museum Needs You!

Press release from Cotswold District Council. Release date: 18 July 2017

Volunteers are required to help give a new lease of life to an important Rural Life Collection. The Corinium Museum is working in partnership with the Cotswold Conservation Board (CCB) to preserve the Rural Life collection housed at the Discovery Centre in Northleach.  A £4,000 grant from the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) and contributions from the Cotswold Museums Charitable Trust will fund the project.

Volunteers can find out more or sign up during a registration drop-in event at the Discovery Centre in Northleach on Wednesday 6 September from 10am until 2pm.  Free training sessions will then take place in September delivered by experienced conservator George Monger. The training will be designed to demonstrate safe preservation methods to clean and treat the Rural Life collection.

At the heart of the collection is a group of 23 farm wagons and carts, one of the largest publicly-owned regional collections anywhere in the country. Of particular importance are the examples of Cotswold and Gloucestershire styles of traditional farm wagons. Made in village workshops, these reflect the topography and farming traditions of their area and are truly distinctive, including a fascinating mix of bow and box type wagons.

James Harris, the Corinium Museum Collections and Engagement Officer,  says: “Volunteers will be at the centre of this project. This is a chance for local people who want to offer their time, learn some new skills, and to meet others with similar interests, all working towards a vitally important cause. It is my aim to develop a project which will run for consecutive summers.  No prior experience is necessary, other than a good level of fitness and a willingness to get stuck in.”

Richard Watson Visitor, Events and Interpretation Officer at the CCB, adds: “It’s great news that the Corinium Museum has been successful in obtaining the funding for work to start on the rural life collection. This will offer an interesting volunteering opportunity for anyone looking to develop their engineering or conservation skills and work as part of a small team to improve the condition of the collection.  It should be very satisfying to look back and see the difference the work has made.”

Volunteers can sign up to the project online by visiting or by contacting James at the Corinium Museum,

Job Vacancy: Administrative Assistant @ Cotswolds Discovery Centre

Job title: Administrative Assistant
Location: Cotswolds Discovery Centre @ the Old Prison, Northleach, Gloucestershire
Job description/advert attached
Contact: or 01451 862000
Apply : via our website
Closing date: Noon on Thursday 9th March

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Job Vacancy – Cafe & Retail Manager

Café & Retail Manager

To manage the Cotswold Lion Cafe at the Discovery Centre, Northleach
£23,002 – £27,333, 37 hours a week

After a very successful two years of operating the Cotswold Lion Café, the Conservation Board is looking to appoint a full time Café & Retail Manager to help build upon that success.

They said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to work in the heart of the Cotswolds where the Conservation Board’s café and shop is the core welcome to our Cotswolds Discovery Centre, which encourages a greater understanding, appreciation and active enjoyment of the area.”

The closing date for applications is 10.00am Tuesday 5 January 2016. Interviews are scheduled for Monday 11 January, with the post commencing as soon as possible.

For details and an application form, visit: The advert and complete job description are also attached below.


Job Vacancy: Admin Assistant, Cotswold Conservation Board

AONB_LOGOThe Cotswold Conservation Board is recruiting for a full-time administration assistant who will be based at the Old Prison in Northleach. Please see the full details attached.

They said: “This is a superb opportunity to be part of a team working to conserve and enhance the natural beauty and increase the understanding and enjoyment of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).”

The closing date is 10am on 2nd February.


Sale of the Old Prison – Northleach

Dear Mr Lane


Members of Northleach with Eastington Town Council wish to add their full support to Cotswold Conservation Board’s “Escape to the Cotswolds” bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £1.3m.

Members and residents recognise the valuable asset that The Old Prison represents not only to the Town but also to the whole of the Cotswold District as an important part of our heritage.

We have lobbied Cotswold District Council in an attempt to persuade District Councillors to continue their support of the building but as this is no longer possible, the importance of the bid cannot be underestimated. 

The Old Prison has been of major significance to the Town since it was built in the 1790’s as one of the 5 Houses of Correction in Gloucestershire, leading the way to major reform in prison management.  Over the years it has brought many visitors to Northleach, promoting its hostelries, shops and its magnificent Church.   The Board’s “Escape to the Cotswolds” initiative will develop this further to help sustain the economic future of the Town and enable others to continue to enjoy its heritage.

At the same time, the building itself will be in a safe pair of hands to ensure that it is maintained in the manner it deserves.


Neil Fletcher

Volunteers needed for the Cotswold Conservation Board


Housed in the North Gallery adjacent to the 18th century Old Prison in Northleach and aptly named ‘Escape to the Cotswolds’, the new centre tells the fascinating story of the Cotswolds – a story based on stone and wool and how people have made a natural landscape even more beautiful over the centuries.  The centre re-opens at the beginning of April and we are looking for volunteers to help staff the centre, particularly at weekends.

Anyone interested in volunteering at any time should call the Cotswolds Conservation Board on 01451 862000 Travel expenses to and from the centre will be paid as appropriate.

Margaret Fletcher
Office Manager
Cotswolds Conservation Board
Tel:  01451 862000