Hi I'm Robert and I have just put down some of my thoughts and experiences of being a volunteer at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG). I have been a regular visitor to BMAG since the mid-1960s as I have always loved looking at, and learning about, all forms of art.
When I had the opportunity to volunteer, BMAG was top of my list! I was delighted to join the team as a volunteer, just over a year ago. For my first volunteer role I helped out with the ‘Dippy on Tour’ exhibition in the Gas Hall, evoking memories of a trip to the Natural History Museum with my sons when they were seven and four. We had so many visitors and everyone loved Dippy.
Recently I have volunteered with the Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition and from that I was inspired with the inks he used, which led to me creating some of my own. I was then given the opportunity to show some of these to visitors in the Round Room and the Industrial Gallery at BMAG, with a fellow volunteer.
It is great to be a member of the Birmingham Museums volunteer group, I enjoy meeting and working with such a great team of people. I have been given lots of training, support and encouragement. It is so important to me to be able to contribute to the life and city of Birmingham and give back time and energy for all the years I enjoyed visiting and learning at BMAG.
I have been privileged to meet people from many different places in the world and to provide information and an insight into the exhibitions. I am looking forward to the next stage of my training as a volunteer Gallery Interpreter at BMAG, learning new skills and passing that knowledge on to members of the public.
If you are interested in volunteering for Birmingham Museums then take a look at the current volunteering opportunities we have available across all our sites.