The volunteers, who are members of the Society, “do the business” within the plans set by the Trust. Currently, there are two working party days. Every Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Electricals, (known as the Wire Pullers for reasons known only to their colleagues) work to provide power where needed, to add light to every problem (in their opinion!) and to re-create the original D.C. electrical systems (using a Mercury Arc Rectifier acquired from the Royal Opera House!). They are a key support for film makers using the site, as several are retired BBC. Their opinions can be useful!
On Thursdays (Thirst Days) the Mechanicals (Nut-Stranglers) take charge. Their number include engineers who used to run triple expansion engines on board ship, project engineers, fitters, draftsmen, carpenters, cleaners, polishers, archivists and even accountants. Their opinions can also be useful!
BUT, their average age is now 72 (they claim, yet their energy levels would dispute that!) and they are keen to hand on their great knowledge and to train younger volunteers, less acquainted with the Health Service than they.
A new Sunday working team is now operational for those who can not come during the week. The Sunday team also include junior members (age 14 and above) who are interested in hands on restoration experiences.
If you would like to be part of the Tuesday or Thursday or Sunday working teams, either come along after 11AM on the day in question or email your contact details and a team member will be in touch.
Also, with our planned schedule of Public Openings, we need some friendly, polite members who can communicate, help the public, keep the place tidy, discipline the oily hands brigade, lock up etc. There will be a number of “steaming weekends” this year. Would you like to join the team of drivers, the basement boys, the oil team, the valve watchers, the boiler managers, the rectifier restorers, the turbine team?? There are endless specific tasks, carried out individually, as part of a team or as a leader: People do what they enjoy. There are no paid staff.
MEMBERSHIP: Please see the membership page.
NEWSLETTER: The Society publishes a newsletter, Triple News, to update those members who cannot help on site, or who simply wish to know what is going on, without being more deeply involved.