Heritage Volunteers

The Arts Society Heritage Volunteers are teams of committed non-specialist volunteers who work under the guidance of curators and other professionals to help conserve our heritage.  


The Arts Society Heritage Volunteers undertake projects for: 

• museums 

• National Trust properties 

• historic houses 

• libraries and gardens  


They give their time to care for collections, record documents and act as guides and stewards. The Arts Society Stirling & Forth Valley has for many years been engaged in a succession of conservation projects including

·         Indexing and transferring Stirling Observer’s record of life in the local area in 1867 and 1868 to a digital format

·         Documenting the papers of a local seed merchant dating back to the 19th century

·         Indexing and digitising the Poor Relief records for Callander, Fintry, Killearn and Strathblane

Current projects include: 

• Helping to conserve the uniforms in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum in Stirling Castle

• Cataloguing documents and archival collections on-site in the Stirling Council Archive such as cleaning and storing the  Stirling Burgh Records 1628  to 1890 which are then  numbered against the Index of Acquisitions.


The major  role played by the volunteers has  helped Stirling Council’s Library Services achieve the  Investing in Volunteers Standard. The group attached to Stirling Council Archive Department  were invited to Council Chambers for the presentation of the Investing in Volunteers Award  by George Thomson, Chief Executive  of Volunteer Development Scotland.



Our Heritage Volunteer co-ordinator is Audrey Birrell