Get Involved

The goal of the Know Our Place: Sharing and Saving Whitehall project is ultimately to continue the preservation of Whitehall as a place for heritage and community. This means we want you to be involved! In addition to attending and enjoying our enriching events and activities, we welcome members of the community to get involved with Whitehall Historic House by becoming a volunteer, joining the active Friends of Whitehall, or helping us develop our local Heritage Network!


Volunteer:

We are currently developing our volunteer programme. Volunteering is an excellent way to get involved, improve your community, form new relationships, develop skills, gain experience, and more!

***We are currently recruiting volunteers to assist with the operation of Pop-Up Whitehall as well as to provide cakes to sell at Pop-Up events***

While much of our volunteer force will be needed in the build up to and after the re-opening of Whitehall Historic House in the summer of 2017, we’re always looking for dedicated volunteers.

Roles could include, but are not limited to:

  • Front-Of-House
  • Events
  • Tea Room Service
  • Cake and Treat Baking
  • Research
  • Writing
  • Collections Care
  • Community Outreach
  • Social Media
  • Gardening

*All volunteers will receive the appropriate training for their role

Corporate and Social Group Volunteer Programme: Volunteering is an excellent opportunity to bring a team together while showing your community you care. If your business or club is interested in dedicating one day a month or more to volunteering, Whitehall offers an ideal location where team members will collectively undertake a range of tasks here in the heart of Cheam village.

If you or your organisation is interested in volunteering, please contact us at whitehallmuseum@sutton.gov.uk or 0208 770 5670.

Friends of Whitehall:

The Friends of Whitehall is a registered charity that supports Whitehall through volunteering and fundraising. Their support and enthusiasm are invaluable and in joining them you could play a valuable part in protecting this important historic building.

2018 will be the 40th anniversary of the Friends of Whitehall, which formed in 1978 when the building first opened to the public.  To coincide with this event, we will be establishing a local history network and initiating a reminiscence project called ‘The Locals’, which focuses on the Friends of Whitehall and their achievements (please see below for more information about the heritage network).

Annual membership £7 or £12 for families which gives discounts in the tea room and for selected events, plus a newsletter and a full Friends event programme.

For more information about the Friends of Whitehall visit their website at: www.friendsofwhitehallcheam.co.uk.

The Heritage Network – Our Place: Now & Then:

One of the activities we are planning to provide at Whitehall is a local heritage network, which will bring together a range of people from different backgrounds with a shared interest in the area’s history.

The informal network will include ‘ordinary peoples’ histories’ and untold stories, as well as the knowledge and expertise of local heritage experts.  It will draw on experiences, photographs and documents contributed by local people, relating to central Whitehall narratives and Sutton Council’s collections.

The Network will be encouraged to contribute to Whitehall’s temporary exhibition programme and supporting learning and activity events.  In its first year the Heritage Network will feed in to the opening temporary exhibition of ‘Hatch, Match and Dispatch’ promoting local and family history and linking to one of the key Whitehall narratives, ‘The Killicks’. There will be a programme of activities to develop and support family history research, supported by the Local Studies Library and Archive Service.

The Locals

The Heritage Network will be involved in ‘The Locals’, an oral history project. Assisted by the curator and an internship, volunteers will attend Oral History Society training to enable them to collect oral histories of people connected to the area to create a resource for use in exhibitions, future research and learning activities. These stories will include the Friends of Whitehall (forming the basis of the 40th Anniversary in 2018) and will include the voices of people whose stories are not often heard, such as people with dementia and people with learning disabilities.

If you are interested in joining our heritage network please contact us at whitehallmuseum@sutton.gov.uk or 0208 770 5670 or check this page for further updates and information.