THE NATIONAL Trust is recruiting volunteers to help welcome visitors to East Riddlesden Hall.

The volunteer guides will share the history of the hall and the work of the charity, which this year celebrates its 125th anniversary.

The aim is to bring the 17th century manor house to life for adult and child visitors, revealing the stories of the property and its previous residents.

East Riddlesden Hall, saved by the National Trust in the 1930s, has a dedicated team of volunteers who are passionate about the history of the hall and its strong links to the local community in which it stands.

One of their priorities this year is to look for more volunteers to keep the doors of the house open for future generations.

The recruits' role will include building connections with visitors and helping them step back in time to a 17th century agricultural manor, bringing the place to life with stories of its history.

It will also include sharing insights into the conservation work that takes place at East Riddlesden Hall, showcasing how the charity and its volunteers care for the property and the collection within it.

The National Trust said the role did not require any previous experience in similar positions because training and support would be provided throughout.

The position is also flexible, with a focus on what the volunteer wants to get out of their volunteering experience, making it easy to fit around various different schedules and commitments.

The National Trust is particularly looking for people who have grown up with East Riddlesden Hall, offering them a unique opportunity to see the place from a different perspective and help inspire future generations to celebrate the history and heritage on their doorstep.

It was thanks to the dedication of a local pair of twins, the Brigg brothers of Keighley, that saw East Riddlesden Hall saved from demolition and protected for the community.

Emily Taylor, volunteering and community involvement manager at the hall, said: “Volunteers are at the heart of East Riddlesden Hall, bringing with them skills and knowledge that are vital to help with our ongoing conservation, visitor welcome and fundraising.

“Without them, we couldn’t open up this amazing property and share it’s secrets with our local community; something both staff and volunteers alike are extremely passionate about.

"The role of house volunteer is central to the work we do here, providing visitors with a real warm welcome and allowing them to step back in time to soak up the history of East Riddlesden Hall."

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