Barony Mill Guide

BaronyMill

Summer is around the corner and Birsay Heritage Trust are looking for volunteers to become Barony Mill Tour Guides.
 
The Mill Guide welcomes visitors to the premises, introduces him or herself and the purpose of their role and informs them as to the safety aspects of moving around the mill. He or she then gives a semi-scripted guided tour of the mill which lasts approximately one hour, answering questions, if asked, to the best of their ability. Visitors are given a history of the business and are shown the workings of the machinery and the production process of making beremeal. 
 
They are given an understanding of the uniqueness of bere, this historically important cereal grown only here in Orkney and milled only in Birsay. Guides work by rota, the Mill being open daily between 11am and 5pm. It may be possible to work half days if there are sufficient volunteers, and to take into account the needs of volunteers to work flexibly.
 
Volunteers should enjoy dealing with members of the public and be good communicators. They should be fit enough for getting up and down stairs (three levels) and comfortable with occasional lone working. An interest in local history and social history is desirable. They must be trustworthy with money handling and reliable.
 

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