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7 Oct 2021

Birmingham Museums' Longest Serving Member of Staff Bows Out After 41 Years

After an incredible 41 years Birmingham Museums’ longest serving member of staff, Alan Giles, today hangs up his uniform for the last time.

Over the course of four decades, Senior Technician Alan has worked on many exhibitions and to celebrate his retirement colleagues will be holding a special presentation for him.

Alan started as a volunteer at BMAG in 1979 before becoming a technician in 1980 in the Archaeology Department and subsequently working across the Social History Department too. Making mounts for BMAG exhibitions and displays has meant he’s been responsible for handling an extraordinary range of objects, including fossils, palaeolithic hand axes, mummified cats, Pre-Raphaelite jewellery and WW2 medals.

Alan said: “I’ve had a wonderful working life at BMAG: invariably interesting work, surrounded by friendly, witty, knowledgeable and interesting colleagues. Why else would I have stayed so long?”

Jon Harris, Technical Manager at Birmingham Museums said: “Alan is a legend. He’s given so many years of loyal service to Birmingham Museums and his behind-the-scenes work will have played an important part in the customer experience for millions of visitors.

“We’d like to wish Alan all the best for a very happy retirement with his family and say a very big thank you for his truly extraordinary length of service.

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