St. Mary Mags will be closed for a year for building works, however there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved! During Summer 2017 we will be building a team of volunteers to support with both the Conservation work inside the church, and our research and oral history project.

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!

 A once in a lifetime opportunity!


For more information or a chat get in touch with Lucy Foster on lucy@pdt.org.uk or 020 3735 5175.

at St Mary Magdalene Church

As part of the Conservation Volunteer team you will:

  •  Work as part of a group of volunteers to share a sense of achievement as you bring back to life this extraordinary historic building.
  •  Be amongst the first to re-discover its original vibrant colours and fine craftsmanship.
  •  Explore a range of conservation tasks, including the opportunity to work on the painted ceiling.
  •  Receive training in conservation principles and techniques.
  •  Learn about careers in conservation, and the wider heritage and cultural sectors, while also gaining skills and experience transferable to other future employment.

This will suit people who …

Like working as part of a team, but also thrive when working independently. Those who love the challenge of learning new skills and contributing something to their community! Plus those with an interest in historic buildings and their care, or those interested in pursuing a career in conservation. All training is given – no prior experience is necessary.

Time commitment: will vary to suit volunteer needs. Minimum 4 hour session.

PDF flyer to download Volunteering-Conservation


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

We are looking for a team of volunteers to help with research and interviewing local people to bring the history of Paddington and St Mary Magdalene’s Church to life.

As a Heritage Pioneer you will:

  •  Work as part of a team, and independently, to research the history of the Paddington area, its people, and the church.
  •  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.
  •  Benefit from training and development opportunities to support you in carrying out the role.
  •  Be an ambassador for the Paddington’s Living Heritage at St Mary Magdalene Project.

This role will suit people who …

Have an interest in community history, the history of the church and the heritage of Paddington, and who think they would enjoy using archives for research. Or those with an interest in talking to a diverse range of people about their experiences and collecting their oral histories. Those who would like to learn more about sharing knowledge with visitors in a lively way both online and through exhibitions.

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 will be required for training.

PDF flyer to download Heritage-Pioneer