On June 22 five BHT Heritage clients attended a careers day at Brighton Museum to learn about routes into volunteering and employment in the heritage sector.
Organised by Royal Pavilion & Museums, the day showcased a comprehensive range of roles in various departments across the five museum sites.
The clients first met with the Head of Collections, Interpretation and Learning, who spoke about her journey from working in a museum bookshop at the beginning of her career through to the position she holds today. Next, the group met with a Curator of Fashion Cities Africa, who delivered a captivating tour of the exhibition and answered lots of pertinent questions about the collection. During the morning session the clients also spoke with the Digital Development Officer, the Creative Programming Officer, and handled a sample of the museum’s one million objects with two Collections Assistants.
After a break for lunch Tracy Anderson took the group into the grounds of the Royal Pavilion to share fascinating information about where BHT’s First Base Day Centre originally stood when it functioned as a ballroom and later a chapel to King George IV. There was more handling of animal skulls and insects in resin with the Early Years Education Officer before meeting with the Retail and Visitor Services Manager and the estate’s Duty Manager. The Learning, Engagement and Volunteer Manager also highlighted how the museum keenly supports its employees to explore their interests and develop skills to enable them to progress into other roles throughout the network.
The day finished with an inspiring talk from a newly-appointed Royal Pavilion guide, who has dreamed of working in the sector for many years.
The session enthused and energised a number of the clients to explore volunteering opportunities within the museum. All-in-all, a really stimulating and exciting day!
Brilliant. Really informative