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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.

Careers EventOrganised 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.

Heritage Careers EventAfter 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

Royal Pavilion Basement & Tunnel Tour

Royal Pavilion BasementOn June 20 four BHT Heritage clients enjoyed a fascinating tour of The Royal Pavilion’s basement and subterranean tunnel.

The tour started in the servants’ corridors below ground-level, where we were informed that prior to a visit from the King over 200 fireplaces had to be cleaned, 1548 muslin blinds prepared, and 8891 towels had to be washed and dried at the Seven Dials drying fields. We were able to climb the stone stairs which would have been used by servants to access the palace’s Music Room.

Royal Pavilion BasementWe were next taken through to the original boiler room where a foundation bay for Henry Holland’s transformation of the modest farmhouse to the Marine Pavilion was visible. The boiler would use up to a 1/4 ton of coal daily to heat The Royal Pavilion.

We also glimpsed the Victorian climax boiler which replaced the original boiler in 1886. Interestingly, these rooms were used as air raid shelters during the war.

Before entering the tunnel we were taken through to an area which sat directly beneath the Music Room, where King George’s 46-piece band would prepare. The band would perform every time the King visited Brighton and cost £8,000 a year.

Royal Pavilion TunnelThe tour finished in the subterranean tunnel, which was built in 1822. It enabled King George IV to visit his horses at the stables, now Brighton Dome, without having to pass through the public Pavilion gardens. Three underground streams had to be held back to construct the tunnel, which runs from the North end of the Royal Pavilion to the entrance hall of Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. Costing £1783 to build, the tunnel was also used for trade purposes, and to bring coal into King George’s palace.

The tours are currently being delivered once a fortnight.

Fascinating insight into life below stairs!