The West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust WSRHT

Learning Assistants needed

Posted on October 18, 2019

Would you like to help the Steam Trust to develop its education and learning programme through our National Lottery Heritage Fund Project? If so, come and be a Learning Assistant!

The West Somerset Steam Railway Trust was successful in 2018 in obtaining a £40,000 grant from the Heritage Fund with two main objectives: firstly, to reinterpret and redesign the Gauge Museum at Bishops Lydeard and secondly, to develop an education and learning programme linked to the school curriculum key stages and STEM subjects for primary schools, family activities and community groups.

Led by Helen Anson, the Trust Learning Officer, significant progress has been made with a Learning Offer having been circulated to primary schools in the local area, materials and learning content developed and a programme of events identified (some of which are in partnership with the Hinckley Community Engagement Fund work) which are being held in the Museum and at other points on the railway.

We have already recruited three experienced and valuable Learning Assistants as part of the team working with Helen in the last six months. However, as the scope and scale of the work continues to grow, we are looking to add to the team in order to prepare ourselves for the 2020 programme.

If you think you have what it takes to work with children of primary school age, support families and community groups and have an interest in history, heritage and the local economic picture in West Somerset, then we would love to hear from you. This is a voluntary role where the commitment includes time for preparation as well as working on the day of any given event according to your availability and preference.

This is a fabulous opportunity for people from a range of backgrounds who possess good communication, oral and interpersonal skills together with empathy with children! There is a formal role profile and if you would like to know more,then please:

Contact Helen Anson Trust Learning Officer by email on

We want to hear from you!