Frances Mann – Volunteer Coordinator (VC)Mar 12th 2021 | Rob Longworth
Frances joined the Trimontium Trust at Volunteer Co-ordinator in February 2020. Despite going into lockdown just a couple of weeks later and being unable to run volunteer events and activities, Frances has set about transforming the administration of the Trust and membership, a job which she relishes as an inveterate tidier and organiser!
When restrictions lifted, she was delighted to start meeting the volunteers in person and learning about their particular skills, history and knowledge. As a people-person, this was, and continues to be, a very positive and inspiring part of her work. She spent Summer 2020 getting to know the existing volunteers, using their wisdom to determine the best way forward for Trimontium volunteering, as well as welcoming new volunteers to the team and incorporating the fresh ideas and skills they bring with them.
Frances believes in making sure that volunteering is a positive and enjoyable experience for all. Looking forward, she hopes to support Trimontium volunteers through learning new skills, getting to know the new museum, creating opportunities for sharing knowledge, working with schools to provide work experience for students, and ultimately setting in motion an ethos to ensure that future volunteers continue to benefit from their experience with the Trust.
As a postgraduate in Scottish Ethnology, Frances has worked most of her life in tourism and heritage in Scotland, striving to bring history to life for all. Having spent many years as a tour guide and guide trainer in Edinburgh, she has since written tours and trained staff for a variety of top tourism attractions in Scotland. Returning to her love of urban history, she has also worked as part of H.E.S Scotland’s Urban Past – a five year project to encourage recording of urban history and sites by local communities. Frances, although a Leither by birth, now lives in Lauder with her family and is delighted to be playing a part bringing the heritage of the Borders to life through the exciting work of the Trimontium Trust.Back to news