Getting Involved

We are always looking for people to engage with their local stone built heritage and to help us discover and tell the stories of our lost quarries. Below are just some of the reasons you might be interested in volunteering. Click on “more” to read about typical volunteer tasks. Note however that if there is something you want to research about an aspect of buildings, stone or quarrying then let us know. If you are interested and wish to be kept informed of the project and events or wish to volunteer on the project please fill in the form here or alternatively contact us by phone, email or post.

General Interest

Many of our volunteers have never given stone, or historic buildings a moments thought before getting involved with the project. There are a multitude of ways to get involved in the project, including helping at events, cataloguing and proof reading.


Local History

Exploring and uncovering the history, variation and movement of stone can make you see your local area in a whole new light. Whether you'd like to get out and explore or hunker down in the archives, and whatever your experience we'd be glad of your help.



If you have an eye for stone then we can put you to work recording the stone in buildings, surveying lost quarries or helping to interpret thin sections. We can also provide training and support to further your geological knowledge.


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    Earthcache is the perfect activity to enjoy the great outdoors, see some interesting geology, and test your knowledge. Why not have a go this summer… Go to Written by Dave Stadley, a Building Stones Volunteer.   A couple of years ago, we reported on the publication of our first Earthcache, a variety of Geocache. […]

  • Hidden History of Malvern College

    Article by James Ferguson, a volunteer. After Great Malvern Priory, three of the most important stone buildings in Malvern are to be found in Malvern College: The first, the Main Building, is the work of the architect, Charles Hansom, in 1862; the second is the Chapel, by Arthur Blomfield in 1896; and the third, the […]

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