Bath Preservation Trust – with its various city museums – would be the first to admit just how important volunteers are to its operation but – it seems – finding people with spare time and energy is becoming more difficult.
I am sure other bodies like Bath Abbey, the Holbourne Museum and Victoria Art Gallery would also agree that attracting those prepared to work for love and not money – is proving challenging.
The Trust have come up with the idea of holding Volunteer Open Days when those prepared to consider joining the ranks can pop into one of its museums and chat to current volunteers and staff about the sort of roles on offer.
Bath Newseum caught up with BPT’s newly appointed Director of Museums, Claire Dixon – outside No 1, Royal Crescent – to find out more.
The open days are being held on Wednesday the 17th and Saturday, January 20th, between 11 am and 2pm at the Museum of Bath Architecture, No. 1 Royal Crescent and the Herschel Museum of Astronomy.
The Trust’s Conservation Team will be at No. 1 on the Wednesday (17th) to answer any questions you have if you are wanting to help in heritage watchdog/preservation work.
BPT say: “We can talk about the time commitment you are looking to make and the role you would like to do and you can ask any questions about what we have available. Whether you like the idea of talking to visitors, delving into our archives, supporting events and children’s activities or being behind the scenes helping in the office, we will be able to find a place for you in our friendly team.
At the end of your visit, if you are interested in getting involved, we will provide you with an application form and a person to keep in contact with. Our friendly teams of staff and volunteers are looking forward to welcoming you.
If you are interested in volunteering with us but cannot make either of our drop in open days, please contact us to find out about our next session or to receive an application form by calling 01225 428126 or emailing.”
The web address is http://www.bath-preservation-trust.org.uk