NADFAS founding principles emphasise the imperative of protecting and preserving British National Heritage. Heritage Volunteers are NADFAS front line troops in the battle to fulfil those ideals. Taunton Vale Decorative and Fine Arts Society Heritage Volunteering groups are firmly supported by The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies, whose dedicated and professional team provides clear project guidance and can suggest appropriate expert training by nationally accredited conservators. Link to TVDFAS Heritage Volunteers have been expertly trained through their hosts to work on projects as diverse as cleaning and conserving precious old books, repairing beautiful ecclesiastical textiles, room stewarding in National Trust properties, and cataloguing archives.

Work at the Somerset Heritage Centre continues with five volunteers working on individual projects. Newspaper Mapping entails compiling an index of Somerset place names from old newspapers of the region, The Ephemera Project volunteers are sorting material from Somerset parish files, Film Negative Digitalisation, a one man job, will complete the earlier project of 2011-2014  which indexed illustrated Somerset place name  records and the compilation of an index of Violet Hardwick’s  photographic work will bring her large collection under one heading

The Textile Group completed work on altar fabrics renewal at St Mary’s Church, Stogumber, and now have a new project authorised by Nadfas HQ. This entails transferring and making new altar fabrics at All Saints, Holcombe Rogus.

Link to Somerset Heritage Centre   tel.01823 278805

Taunton Vale Volunteers also work within the framework of the South West Volunteers. David Farrant, from our society, is the South West Area's Heritage Volunteering representative while Dilys Farrant is Textiles Representative on the National Heritage Volunteering Team.