As the project moves on we will continue working alongside local people, schools, colleges and community groups to ensure that the Hylton Castle Project reflects the needs and interests of people locally. To do this we need your ideas, memories and feedback, as well as support from volunteers across all aspects of the project.  

Volunteering can take many forms, from practical support on site, to research, helping with events, playing a role in the management of the project, or assisting with marketing, and much more.  You may already have skills to offer the project, or you might want to develop your skills through volunteering, and it's a great way to meet new people, get engaged and active, and to give something back your community and your heritage. 

If you or your school, group or organisation would like to volunteer, contact us directly via email, phone or social media. 

Volunteers in Hylton Dene

Current Opportunities

Volunteers are needed now to support a variety of tasks as work continues on the building:

  • Practical conservation and litter picking in Hylton Dene
  • Organising and putting on events
  • Helping with school visits
  • Researching the social and natural history of Hylton Castle and Dene and wider Sunderland
  • Marketing, graphics and illustration
  • Administration and fundraising
  • Supporting and leading walks and activities in Hylton Dene

Training and support is provided for all volunteers, so if you are able to offer your time then please get in touch - we'll meet with you informally for a conversation about how you would like to be involved, introduce you to other volunteers, and support you in playing your part in bringing Hylton Castle back to life.  

If you are interested in volunteering please contact sophie.hearn@sunderland.gov.uk or call 07827 356354

Volunteer research training


Join the Hylton Castle Research Group

Do you have an interest in finding out more about the past, in particular Hylton Castle, its people and its surrounding land?  Join our research team, develop new skills, meet new people and make friends whilst at the same time exploring the fabulous history of this fascinating building.  No previous knowledge or experience needed as we will provide free training and support, you just need an interest in our past and a willingness to research an area of our castle’s heritage which is of interest to you. 
The work of the Hylton Castle Research Group will feed in to the stories told at the castle through exhibitions, digital interpretation, learning activities and events.  The group meets around once a fortnight to discuss findings and progress over a cup of tea or coffee.  

If you would like to join the Hylton Castle Research Group please contact Pearl.Saddington@Sunderland.gov.uk or call 07827 305567

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