Coultershaw Heritage Trust

Community Engagement Worker (2 Year Contract)

The Coultershaw Trust is seeking a freelance Community Engagement Worker to support the trustees and volunteers in recovering from the impact of Covid 19 and to help create a more sustainable future for the Coultershaw Heritage Site.  We have exciting plans to engage with the community and our local schools as well as developing our capacity to research and understand the history of our local rural economy and society.   

The contract is offered at £11,650 per annum for two years.  Working will be flexible and will require some evenings and weekends with the expectation of the equivalent of 16 hours per week.    Much of the work will be carried out at home, but a car driver is essential.

More information about this freelance contract can be found here; the full project plan is available on request.

Application deadline 1 July.

Please apply to the Chair, Barry Flannaghan, with a brief cover letter outlining relevant skills/experience, along with a CV to [email protected].

We would be pleased to answer any questions via emailcontact form or call Tony Sneller – 01798 343124  or Barry Flannaghan – 01798 667244

About Us


Our Vision

To ensure that Coultershaw is a lively heritage hub that actively engages the local community and visitors, physically and educationally, through volunteer-led activity in appropriate spaces, for the enjoyment and well-being of all.

Who We Are

The Coultershaw Heritage Site is operated and maintained by volunteers from the Coultershaw Trust. The Coultershaw Trust was formed in 2002 by the Petworth Society and the Sussex Industrial Archaeology Society. The Trust is a Registered Charity (Number 1096077) with a minimum of three trustees, and one trustee acting as Treasurer. (Coultershaw Trust, Station Road, Petworth, West Sussex GU28 0JE.) The Annual Accounts are subject to examination by an Independent Examiner. Company (Limited by Guarantee) number 0444064. There are no paid staff.

The Chair of Trustees, Barry Flannaghan, can be contacted via the contact form.

The Origins

The development of the Coultershaw site began in 1976 when volunteers from the Sussex Industrial Archaeology Society started the restoration of the Beam Pump. This had operated until 1960 and, when the mill was demolished in 1973, the Beam Pump was left under a concrete slab. After nearly five year’s restoration, the pump worked again in 1980. It was officially opened by Lord Egremont on 4 July 1980 and scheduled as an Ancient Monument in the same year. The Sussex Industrial Archaeology Society operated the Beam  Pump until 2002, when the Coultershaw Trust was formed to develop the heritage site.

Major redevelopment project

During 2013 and 2014, a major redevelopment took place at the Coultershaw Heritage site. With a major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, buildings have been restored to allow access for more areas of the site. The Engine House, constructed in 1919, now houses our collection of water pumps which visitors can operate. The Warehouse, with toilets, provides a heated space for learning activities, talks and exhibitions. Around the site new exhibitions will enable visitors to understand the important part that Coultershaw played in the development of Petworth and the surrounding area.

As well as the Heritage Lottery Fund, the trustees are grateful to the following organisations for supporting the redevelopment project: South Downs National Park Authority, West Sussex County Council, Chichester District Council, Charles Hayward Foundation, the AG Manly Charitable Trust, Petworth Society, Petworth Town Council and Sussex Industrial Archaeology Society.