Posted: June 03rd 2021
by Linda Drury - Hall Volunteer
To celebrate Volunteers’ Week, we are introducing you to some of our fantastic voluntary Hall team. After joining us for a tour of the cellars and hearing all about Holkham’s extensive library, Linda’s interest was sparked. Fast forward eighteen months and Linda is beginning her training. Read her story below.
“Some while ago, whilst thumbing through the events calendar at Holkham, I found an event ‘Tour of the Cellars’. I thought to myself, that sounds interesting, so I decided to book. I wasn’t disappointed, as the tour did indeed turn out to be very interesting!
My tour guide, a softly spoken Scotsman, excelled not only in the ‘below stairs’ information, but also mentioned his interest in ancient books. This was his main work in this great house, which contains over ten thousand historic books in its library. Volunteers always a boon to help with this diligent work - my interest was sparked.
The guide gave me a contact number to apply to join the small band of volunteers. I did this, but unfortunately, an unexpected health problem occurred, then followed by the Covid epidemic, prevented me from starting. However, eighteen months later, here I am at the beginning of my training.
Welcomed by the efficient team of organisers and fellow volunteers, I realise there is a lot to learn, not only in the tasks to be undertaken but finding my way around the hall itself.
I have always been interested in historic houses and the great pleasures they give to those interested in the past. I have supported the National Trust most of my adult years, and also the privately owned houses which are constantly in need of help for their preservation. So, this is my small way of contributing to the upkeep of these special places.”