Community at Abbeydale

Community at Abbeydale


Take part in a wide range of creative community-based workshops and activities inspired by the Hamlet.

From creative writing, drawing and heritage skills to textiles, music and more!

Craft Courses


If you are a community group or organisation interested in becoming a partner with the Hamlet we would love to hear from you.

Get in touch to find out more about space available for community use and how we can work together.

Volunteers at Abbeydale


We’re building a volunteer team to help create a deliver our activity programme.

There are many ways to get involved, from training to be a visitor service volunteer to joining our conservation and ground maintenances activities or helping restore our Victorian Garden.

There are several ways of getting involved:

  • Visitor Services Volunteers

This role is all about helping visitors get the most out of a visit to Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet: helping them find their way around, chatting to them and making them feel welcome, answering questions, telling them about the history and the stories of the site.

  • Garden Project Volunteers

We want to bring the Victorian Garden here at Abbeydale back to life, in a way that makes it an integral part of everything we do: a lovely place for visitors to spend time, a friendly and interesting volunteer activity and somewhere that plays a part in our learning programmes.

  • Hamlet Haberdashers

This is a textiles group run in partnership with the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) via its “Forgotten Skills” programme.The Haberdashers meet on Monday mornings from 10am – 1pm to make quilts, rugs, dolls, cushions for the period houses and costumes to support the learning programme.

  • Beauchief Environment Group

Beauchief Environment Group is one of our Community Partners. Members visit Abbeydale on the second Monday of each month to help us with conservation and grounds maintenance work. Volunteers from Autism Plus and Freeman College regularly join us for these sessions, and other interested volunteers are always welcome.


For information on all community activities at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet contact

Watch the films below to find out more about the Garden Project Volunteers and Hamlet Haberdashers: