Fulham Palace is the historic house and garden of the Bishops of London nestled alongside the river in Fulham. As well as a beautiful botanic garden, the site has a state of the art museum and newly restored historic rooms with beautiful architectural features, including some from the Tudor period.
We have recently completed a £3.8 million restoration project which conserved the building, opened more historic rooms and reinterpreted the collection. Much of the project was enhanced by volunteer involvement: amongst other projects, volunteers led hard hat tours of the site during the building works and carried out the reinterpretation research for the new museum.
Fulham Palace remains free of charge and is now open seven days a week. However, now that we have longer opening times and have more historic spaces on display, we need your help. One historic room, Bishop Porteus’ library, often has to remain closed because we need a volunteer to be in the room whenever it’s open. It’s a fascinating room with a long and varied history – and we want to be able to share it with as many people as possible.
If you can spare a few hours a week, we would be delighted if you consider becoming a front of house volunteer. As well as helping to keep Bishop Porteus’s library open, you’d be welcoming visitors on our front desk, using the till in the shop and speaking with visitors in the museum rooms. To say thank you to all of our volunteers we offer regular socials, four trips to other heritage sites around London and a complimentary coach trip each year to slightly farther flung places.
We have lots of student volunteers who generously give their time to the Palace from universities across London. Therefore we understand that students want a fulfilling experience where they can gain lots of new skills and we are constantly mindful of this while we have students volunteering at the Palace.
With a few more volunteers, this fascinating room with a wealth of history (and even a secret door!) can welcome visitors once again.
Bishop Porteus’s library
Bishop Porteus’s library is named after Beilby Porteus (Bishop of London from 1787 – 1809). In his will he made provision for a library to be built to accommodate his collection of books and portraits of his predecessors. Porteus, a committed opponent of the slave trade, had 145 books and pamphlets on the subject. When Porteus died there were not enough funds for a new building, so his successor, Bishop Howley, arranged for Samuel Pepys Cockerell to convert what had been a chapel into the library.
Porteus library 1: Bishop Porteus’ library today
Porteus library 2: The library in the late 19th century – we believe the family pictured are the Creightons
Bishop Porteus: Bishop Bielby Porteus, Bishop of London from 1787 – 1809
For more information about volunteering at the University of Westminster, please don’t hesitate to contact the Student Volunteering Services.
Phone: 020 3506 6112
Regular Volunteering: https://engage.westminster.ac.uk/students/login?ReturnUrl=%2f
One-off Volunteering: https://goo.gl/roSK3u