St. Mary Magdalene’s is currently closed for the building works, however, there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved! A team of volunteers are supporting with the Conservation work inside the church, while our Heritage Pioneers lead on the research and oral history projects.

Please have a look at the roles below – we think they offer pretty unique opportunities to play a part in uncovering our heritage, gain new skills, meet new people, and be part of putting this amazing building back at the heart of the community! We are currently looking for new volunteers so get in touch!

For the Conservation Volunteer role contact lucy@pdt.org.uk

For the Heritage Pioneer role contact george@pdt.org.uk

Or for a chat ring 07775 901 963.

Conservation Volunteering at St Mary Magdalene Church

Work as part of a group of volunteers to share a sense of achievement as you bring back to life this extraordinary historic building.

Conservation volunteering will take place at the St. Mary Magdalene’s church site, with slots available 9am-1pm Monday – Friday. We hope volunteers can commit to once a week but less regularly is fine too. The work our conservation volunteers do involves supporting the professional conservators. While you won’t get to work on the painted ceiling itself (as this is highly specialised work) you will have a chance to work close to it on other parts of the building, and to experience first-hand the amazing ways that conservators bring an historic building back to life! Some of the work is physically demanding, some less so. We will use a questionnaire at your induction to help match you to the right tasks.

Heritage Pioneers

Do you enjoy talking to people and hearing their stories? Do you think you could help make community history lively and engaging for visitors?

As a Heritage Pioneer you will be part of a team conducting research and interviewing local people to bring the history of Paddington and St Mary Magdalene’s Church to life.

  • Learn oral history skills and collect interviews, including recording, documenting and editing.
  • Work alongside the project team and other volunteers to turn research findings into appealing content for themed exhibitions.
  • Receive travel and subsistence for research visits to London Metropolitan Archives, Westminster Archives and beyond.
  • Be an ambassador for the Paddington’s Living Heritage at St Mary Magdalene Project.

Time commitment: will vary to suit volunteer needs. Anticipate a minimum of a day commitment per month, but this is flexible to fit in with your schedule. Additional time may be required for training.