The Hospital of the Blessed Trinity or Abbot’s Hospital as it is better known today was founded in 1619 by George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury as a gift “out of my love to the place of my birth”. It was not Abbot’s intention to provide a “hospital” in the modern sense of the word but a place of shelter for the elderly poor of the town – 12 single men and 8 single women – under the care of a resident Master. Nearly 400 years after the first residents moved in, Abbot’s Hospital continues to offer town centre accommodation within a sociable and supportive environment for local elderly people.
The Master of Abbot’s Hospital was required to keep a ledger recording life at the hospital. We have a vast collection of ledger records recording everyday life for residents and going back 400 years to the hospital’s beginning. These records provide unique insights into life here.
Our Heritage lies as much the building and George Abbot himself, as well as in the complete collection of Master’s records of life in Abbot’s over 400 years and the many rare and unique pieces held on our premises. Taking place throughout 2019, this project will celebrate and share the heritage with our community and involve them in our birthday celebrations, whilst raising awareness of this special site.
The Heritage Engagement Officer will facilitate delivery of tours, workshops, outreach and the overall smooth running of the “400 Years of Abbot’s Hospital” project. The public facing side of this role involves working closely with volunteers, visitors, Guildford public, school groups and other organisations. Behind the scenes, the role encompasses publicity and promotion including social media, volunteer recruitment and management, administration of the project and production of project materials.
1. Promotion and Outreach
2. Project Development
The post holder will report to the Master of Abbot’s Hospital, Mr. Michael McKechnie.
The post holder will be based at Abbot’s Hospital. They will have space to work onsite, although their time will also be spent out in the community.
The full job description can be found here: Heritage Engagement Officer JD December 2018.