We need your help – says BPT

Got a passion for the city and its heritage and history? Then you may like to know that Bath Preservation Trust (BPT) is looking to appoint a committee of volunteer advisors to support No. 1 Royal Crescent Museum.

 The positions would ideally suit individuals would like to share their professional experience with staff members and fellow volunteers at these two culturally important museums.

“If you imagine us as budding entrepreneurs on the TV show Dragon’s Den, we’re hoping that people with experience and knowledge of working in the arts and culture sector will invest these skills in Bath Preservation Trust. In effect, we’re looking for the help and support from ‘Culture Dragons’,” says Claire Dixon, Director of Museums and Deputy Chief Executive of Bath Preservation Trust. 

“During the past three decades, museums have had to adapt the way they operate, becoming more visitor focused, interactive and participatory places. This is exemplified by No.1 Royal Crescent’s new immersive visitor experience and reflects the importance of being able to compete with other visitor attractions in the area. This also requires greater resilience in the day-to-day running of our operations, business planning and governance and expert volunteers are a key part of this,” Claire adds. 

Running a prospering, independent museum requires a very wide range of skills. Staff need to welcome people warmly and effectively, in person and online, and provide excellent customer service. Our welcome staff are vital for helping members of the public get the most from their visit, by interpreting objects and collections, presenting their knowledge in clever, funny and innovative ways. They also help to market their museum and act as important connections within local communities. 

“If you have expert knowledge and experience in curatorial, formal learning, community engagement, accessibility and inclusion, audience development, visitor experience, decorative arts within the Georgian Period and Georgian history, we’d love to hear from you.”

Each role will also require mentoring senior staff, making occasional presentations, preparing reports and giving verbal updates. A willingness to help broaden BPT’s profile and public reach of its museums through personal and professional networking would also be welcomed. 

Successful appointees will sit on BPT’s No. 1 Royal Crescent Museum Advisory Panel, which is chaired by the Director of Museums and Deputy Chief Executive, reporting to the Museum and Education Committee, chaired by a BPT Trustee.

For more information about the roles and Bath Preservation Trust, visit www.bath-preservation-trust.org.uk, or call 01225 428126.