5 May 2020

Volunteer Views:
Being at Home

My name is Robert and I volunteer at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG) as a Gallery Interpreter. You might have seen my blog last summer about what I have got up to through my volunteering .

For this blog post I thought it would be good to share with you some of the things I have been getting up to whilst I haven’t been at BMAG volunteering, so here we go. First of all I would like to thank Becky, Volunteer Manager, for all her hard work on keeping us all informed through email and we also have a Birmingham Museums Volunteer Facebook Group, where she shares interesting posts about museum matters. It is great to still feel connected to my fellow volunteers and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery staff though we cannot be together.

I have to say that this whole situation feels very strange but I am still finding enough activity to occupy my time with. I really enjoy taking photographs and even though we are in lockdown I have managed to find some spring butterflies on my daily walk round the block (included below), as well as a picture of a very friendly cat. It would be great to see what pictures other people are taking on their daily walks, you might even like to enter them into Birmingham Museum’s Inspire art competition

Butterfly by Robert

Cat by Robert

About two years ago we had a large Portuguese Laurel tree in our garden it was blocking the light in our living room, so I chopped in down. All that is left now is a large stump so I have decided to carve something out of it, very much a work in progress so far, but I will be sure to share photographs in the future if I succeed. We are very lucky that we have a good-sized garden that keeps us very busy, especially this time of year.

One thing I also enjoy is listening to music, I’m grateful to have a large collection of CDs that I am currently making my way through. At present I am listening to Pink Floyd ‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn’, well worth a listen in my opinion. I like to think my tastes are very varied, from jazz to psychedelic rock to heavy metal and reggae - you name it I’ve played it. The heavy metal has me flashing back to the brilliant Home of Metal exhibition which was on show at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery last summer. I do also enjoy a good read and am currently reading ‘The Road to Little Dribbling’ by Bill Bryson, so very funny.

Finally, during this period of lockdown I also thought it would have be a good idea to offer to cut my wife’s hair, seeing as though hairdresser’s are no longer open. However, Zoë did not think that was such a good idea, I can’t imagine why! Thank you to everyone in the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery family for keeping me in the loop. Please all look after yourselves and I look forward to seeing you at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery soon.