Archive for Visits

Careers Day at Brighton Museum

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.

Museum DayOrganised 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

i360 Site Tour

On  Thursday September 10th 5 BHT clients visited the Brighton i360 site, where the world’s tallest moving observation tower is under construction.

i360 Site TourOnce completed, the tower will stand at 162 metres tall, which is 60 metres higher than Brighton’s tallest building, Sussex Heights. Advertised as a ‘vertical pier’, the i360 will have 120-mile views and will accommodate up to 200 people per ride.

During the tour the i360’s Public Liaison Officer spoke in detail about the material used and the building process. The structure is formed of 17 prefabricated ‘cans’ which were slotted in under one-another by lifting the shaft above using the ‘jacking tower’. The final can insertion required the jacking tower to raise 980 tonnes of steel. The steel cladding, which comes from Hartlepool, will wrap the vertical tower and will off-set wind, and consequently vibration. The tower, however, will still be liable to sway up to one metre. The glass pod is formed of 24 segments which are currently under construction in France. The Public Liaison Officer also spoke of the project’s energy efficiency; energy generated from the pod’s descent will account for around 50% of energy required for the next ascent.

i360 Site TourAs part of the £46million project, an original toll booth from the West Pier is being restored and a second replica is being produced to flank the tower; a nod to the area’s heritage.

The project is on schedule to open during Summer 2016.