Hall of­fers a dream job for lovers of his­tory

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ADREAM job has come up for any­one who has ever dreamed of work­ing in a stately home.

The Na­tional Trust is seek­ing to em­ploy a se­nior house ste­ward to look af­ter Old Ruf­ford Hall and all its trea­sures.

The his­toric home, which is owned by the Na­tional Trust, is one of Lan­cashire’s finest 16th cen­tury Tu­dor build­ings.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are be­ing in­vited for the fixed term nine-month con­tract to cover ma­ter­nity leave, and can­di­dates are ex­pected to be pas­sion­ate about con­ser­va­tion, de­liv­er­ing ex­cep­tional ser­vice and be­ing imag­i­na­tive.

This is a rare op­por­tu­nity as the hall only em­ploys 25 paid staff, and con­ser­va­tion roles rarely be­come avail­able any­where in the Na­tional Trust.

The Tu­dor Great Hall is a rare sur­vivor from the 1500s, with 500 years of fam­ily his­tory, so the walls have plenty of sto­ries to tell.

It is also thought that Shake­speare may have spent a short time at Old Ruf­ford Hall dur­ing his youth, as there is “rea­son­able ev­i­dence to sug­gest this,” ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Trust.

The role of se­nior house ste­ward will en­tail en­sur­ing the high­est stan­dards of con­ser­va­tion are met, as­sist­ing with bud­get­ing, over­see­ing two mem­bers of staff and more than 120 vol­un­teers as well as be­ing re­spon­si­ble for all as­pects of vol­un­teer man­age­ment.

The ideal can­di­date will have ex­pe­ri­ence in car­ing for his­toric prop­er­ties, an aware­ness of health and safety and man­age­rial ex­pe­ri­ence.

The cur­rent se­nior house ste­ward, Katie Owen said: “It is a con­ser­va­tion-based role and they will be re­spon­si­ble for clean­ing and main­tain­ing many items, in­clud­ing suits of ar­mour in The Great Hall which date back to the 1530’s.

“They will also be re­spon­si­ble for light­ing the real log fire in the win­ter months and car­ing for the var­ied but won­der­ful Philip Ashcroft col­lec­tion which in­cludes a pen­ny­far­thing, a man trap and a man­gle.”

The new se­nior house ste­ward will be ex­pected to work week­ends and Bank Hol­i­days as part of a rota and work about 35 hours per week.

Ap­pli­ca­tions close on June 18, with the pro­vi­sional start date set at “mid-Au­gust 2018” and the po­si­tion pays £16,363 per an­num.

For de­tails and to ap­ply, visit www.na­tion­al­trustjobs.org.uk.

Ruf­ford Old Hall is pro­vid­ing a rare op­por­tu­nity

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