Think Surveying at the Trust is all about mansions? Think again.
As Head of Buildings for the largest building conservation organisation in Europe, I’m often asked what the job entails. I find the assumptions are generally that the National Trust has pots of money from the government, which it spends on the conservation of Downton Abbey-style mansions under the indulgent eyes of surveyors who never set foot in anything less than a grade II-listed property.
Although it’s true that we spend a lot of time and money conserving some of the finest historic buildings in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, we can’t afford to do everything that needs to be done. And the Trust is a charity that relies on the goodwill and generosity of people, not the government. We employ more than 5,000 staff who are supported by 50,000 volunteers and 4 million members, and our sites welcome many millions of visitors a year.
Mansions are a relatively small part of our portfolio: we look after about 300 of them. Altogether, we’re responsible for more than 28,000 buildings and structures whose histories span a period of about 800 years. They include 57 entire villages, over 5,000 cottages (some tenanted, some used as holiday homes), farms, bridges and lighthouses. Many are listed, or scheduled ancient monuments, nearly all are located in stunning settings that are often protected, and many are open all year round.
If you’d like more variety when it comes to your job and think our 28,000 buildings and structures look like a good place to start, search our current Surveying vacancies.