About the opportunity

Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire Blue Plaques Schemes commemorate people and events by putting up blue commemorative plaques on buildings where they lived or worked. The Blue Plaque Scheme is run by a committee of volunteers on behalf of local charity Cambridge Past, Present & Future. We are looking for a volunteer to join the committee.

You would be responsible for arranging to install new plaques and organising unveiling events as well as helping the committee with other tasks. There are currently 30 plaques and 1-2 new ones are installed each year. The plaques are installed by a local company and your role would be to liaise with the company and the building owner. We would expect that you would liaise with contractors and property owners from your own home but you could do this from our offices if you wished (at Wandlebury Country Park during normal office hours).

Each plaque has an unveiling event to commemorate the person or event on the plaque, these events vary in size but usually involve presentations, some light refreshments and the media - your role would be to work as part of a team organising these events.

You will be an active member of the Blue Plaque Committee and also have a say on deciding which people and events are commemorated. The Committee meets 2-3 times per year in the early evening.

About Cambridge Past, Present and Future

Local civic and environmental charity that cares about Cambridge and its green landscape. Owns and cares for Wandlebury Country Park, Cambridge Leper Chapel, Bourn Windmill, Hinxton Watermill and Coton Countryside Reserve. Runs a busy education programme for schools and groups of all ages. Works to influence local planning issues.

We were founded in 1928, formerly the Cambridge Preservation Society. Our office is based at Wandlebury Country Park on the south of Cambridge but we operate throughout Cambridge City and South Cambridge District.

What are we looking for?

Someone who is confident and can work as part of a team and get things done. You will be good at organising, communicating and taking the initiative.

Someone who is willing to take on this role for at least a couple of years.

Someone with an interest in local history.

Practical considerations

You will be offered:
An induction/training
Regular support
Unfortunately we are not able to reimburse travel expenses

How to volunteer for this role

Please send us an email telling us about yourself and your experience in relation to this role, or attach a CV if that’s easier. [email protected]

Once we have received your email then we will be in touch. We may then arrange to meet you to have a chat about the role, to check that it is right for you.