Case Study: Old Low Light Heritage Centre

The Old Low Light Heritage Centre on North Shields Fish Quay offers visitors the chance to find out all about the fishing and marine heritage of the quayside through exhibitions, events and learning opportunities. There’s also a welcoming café and fantastic views of the North Shields coastline.

Guy Moody is Operations Manager at the Old Low Light and describes how volunteers are the backbone of the Centre: “The team at the Old Low Light is 90% volunteers, and when I think about how much we have going on, I can’t help be a little bit in awe of the work they do. Volunteers are the life and soul of the Old Low Light. Whether you’re popping in for a cup of coffee in our café or enjoying our Heritage Gallery and temporary exhibition space – everything you encounter will have been shaped and implemented by volunteers. We wouldn’t be here without them!”

Dymphna O’Connor volunteers at the Old Low Light café. Having chanced across the café on a visit to the fish quay, she was persuaded to join as a volunteer and hasn’t looked back.

“I loved the Old Low Light straight away, I collect seashells and enjoy crafts myself, so I was interested in all of the collections and the fishing memorabilia here. I think this place is truly special.”

When asked what she enjoys about volunteering, Dymphna said: “Meeting new people – the people who work here and the people who come in are all really lovely.”


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