Holburne Volunteers

Welcome to the Holburne Museum's Volunteer web page.

Due to popular demand we are briniging our Volunteers this page to keep you all up to date with all that is going on at the Holburne.

Information regarding Volunteering and Volunteer oppotunities will also be posted here.

Below you will also see you can view the latest rota (including last minute changes) The Volunteer Policy and Handbook.

If there is anything you would like to see added to the page please do not hesitate to get in touch at volunteers@holburne.org

Also don't forget you can all stay in touch via the Volunteers Facebook page by logging into your Facebook account and searching for Holburne Volunteers

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

New News and Rota online July / August

Hi Everyone. 

Summer has finally arrived!
We all really hope that you enjoyed the Volunteer Party on the 6 June. It was a great evening. Thank you to all that       entered the Great British Volunteer Bake off. Congratulations to long standing Volunteers Undine Concannon, Trish Tassis,   Jennifer Bereska and Neil Kennedy who were all presented with Outstanding Contribution Awards.
Steven has just returned form a 2 week break and Spencer, Georgie and Josh are all looking forward to well earned breaks this summer. Not before we have delivered numerous summer parties, weddings and corporate events, phew!
Spencer has been working with the curatorial team to put together an exciting training and lecture series for you for the rest of the year and the first part of 2015. Watch this space for more details.
There will be another change in the Wirth Gallery over the Summer (see below) and preparations are under way for our autumn/winter programme.
You can view your new rota by clicking the link below 
Your hard work and commitment as always overwhelms us, thank you for everything you do for the Museum.
See You soon
Spencer, Steven, Georgie and Josh

Edouart Scissor Hands: Silhouette Likenesses by an Ingenious Artist

12 July to 12 October: The Wirth Gallery

In July we will be welcoming another exciting exhibition into the Wirth Gallery

This is a rare opportunity to enjoy the Holburne’s  collection of portraits by the French silhouettecutter Augustin Edouart (1789–1861). The realism and detail of Edouart’s full-length characters, simply cut out of black paper “by scissors alone”, is remarkable. The exhibition will include some of his finest and most famous silhouettes.

Colourscape Returns

Colourscape has been part of our imaginative  Summer landscape for the past two seasons and we are delighted to welcome back the festival. The inflatable Moonorooni that fills the Museum’s front lawn has been so successful because it offers a unique colour drenching experience that is a sensory delight for all ages. Don’t miss the opportunity to soak up some pure colour this summer.

If you are new to Volunteering this is a great experience that we urge you all to try out.

Saturday 16 to Monday 25 August 2014

"Unwelcome Visitors” Wowing our Summer Audience

We hope that most of you will have enjoyed our new installation by Tessa Farmer in both the Collection and Mezzainine galleries.

A huge amount of work went into installing this exhibition and we would like to thank Volunteers, Helen Hood, Ben Hill, Liam Wiseman and Hattie Lamb who all worked alongside Tessa and Decorative Arts Curator Catrin Jones. They spent a lot of time with the tiny fairies and beasts, sometimes up until 11.15pm at night.

I am sure you will all agree that their hard work has paid off and we now have a truly incredible installation.

As you will have seen, some of the pieces are quite fragile. Therefore we ask that visitors do not touch or blow any of the creatures. It is of course very tempting but we am confident that you will all manage those situations perfectly.  Please encourage people to take pictures with their phones and upload them to Twitter and Facebook. This exhibition is too good not to shout about

Laura's Place 44AD

44AD artspace would like to invite you to Laura’s Place, an exhibition of fresh new artworks - in a diverse range of media, featuring painting, film, ceramics, jewellery, sculpture and 1,777 badges!

Over 50 artists responded to an 18th century portrait from The Holburne Museum Collection. The painting is of Henrietta Laura Pulteney, 1777, by Angelica Kauffmann.

The subject known as Laura, was the 1st (and last) Countess of Bath. Laura was responsible for developing much of eastern Bath, giving her name to Henrietta Gardens, Pulteney Bridge, Great Pulteney Street and Laura Place.

The curators, Katie O’Brien and Melissa Wraxall wanted to find a painting which would have a strong connection with the history of Bath, to inspire new twenty-first century artworks for their fundraising exhibition. They are enormously grateful to the Senior Curator of the Holburne Museum, Amina Wright, who has been enormously helpful and supportive of their project.  
And, special thanks of course to all the participating artists! There are some fantastic artworks for sale, with proceeds in aid of 44AD’s move (Aug 2014) to their new premises in Bath’s CityCentre. 


Exhibition Continues: 27 June – 6 July 2014
Our Very own Duty Manager Josh has submitted a Multi media piece for the exhibition so please do go along to support

Director Up Dates

We just wanted to keep you all updated on the Holburne’s Arrival and Departures board.
Xa’s will be leaving us at the end of the first week in August and our new Director Jennifer Scott’s first official day will be the 18 August. Jennifer will be around during July for a hand over period with Xa and I am sure she will say “Hello” when she is in the building


Looking Ahead

It feels slightly bonkers to start talking about the Autumn when we have just began to enjoy the lovely summer weather. However as you are all aware the Holburne just would not be the Holburne unless we kept charging ahead with new and exciting things to keep you and our visitors engaged and enthralled.

Spencer has met with Catrin and Amina and they have put together an exciting and packed programme of training lectures and events for you all. Details of these will be posted soon. The programme reflects all the feedback we received from the Volunteer questionnaire earlier in the year so we hope that you enjoy it and are able to learn lots to pass on to all of our visitors

Holburne Up Late

Our new series of Up Late events is doing really well and bringing a new audience into the building. These events will take place on the last Friday of every month where our galleries will stay open until 9pm with live music in the Garden café and pop up events all over the Museum.

For these events to survive we really need your support. If you would like to Volunteer at any of our UP LATES this year please contact Spencer at s.hancock@holburne.org for more details. Or let your Duty Manager know on shift.

For more Information about these Up Late events please check out our FACEBOOK page by clicking the link below 

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Summer Party Friday 6 June

Hi All 

Here are the Pictures from last Fridays Volunteer Summer Party 
It was a lovely evening. Thank you all fro coming and making it such fun. 

Friday, 30 May 2014

New News and Rota now On Line

Hi Everyone. 

I hope this edition of the Newsletter finds you well.
We are all really looking forward to the Volunteer Party on Friday 6 June. I hope that you can attend and that you have RSVP’d.
Julian Opie has now opened and In its first weekend we saw an amazing number of people viewing it (150 on the Sunday alone) We hope that you are enjoying it too. For those of you who missed Xa’s training lecture you can listen to it at the here at the Volunteer BLOG.(see news item below)  If you were unable to come and do not have access to a computer please speak to Spencer and he can set it up for you to listen too in one of the offices. 

The Opie exhibition has attracted some amazing press with articles already gone out in both the Guardian and the FT.

 Summer is fast approaching and I can confirm that  Colourscape will be back on our front lawn towards the end of August.

It has now been announced that Jennifer Scott from the Royal Collection will be taking over from Xa as director at the end of August. We are all really excited about this and as soon as she arrives we will be booking a moment in her diary for you all to meet her. 

The Friends of the Holburne had incredible success with their annual plant sell taking well over £1000!
We have 2 new exhibitions opening very soon. Tessa Farmers  Unwelcome Visitors will open in the Collection Galleries on the 14 June and Striking a Pose: Gesture in Theatrical Portraits will open in the Wirth on 7 June.
Thank you all so much for all your continued hard work and commitment  you al do such an amazing job!
See you at your Party on the 6th 
You can view the rotas by CLICKING HERE

Spencer, Steven, Georgie and Josh

How We Put Together Special Exhibitions With Howard Batho Thursday 19 June 6.30pm

Come along and join us for this fascinating insight to how all of our temporary exhibitions are put together.
Howard Batho our Exhibitions officer will be talking through all of his processes including how exhibitions are chosen and the work it takes to get them open to the public.

The lecture will take place on Thursday 19 June at 6.30pm.
Please RSVP to volunteers@holburne.org or by letting your Duty Manager know on your next shift. 

National Volunteer Week Summer Party Friday 6 June - 6.30pm

Come and join us as we  celebrate all your wonderful  achievements and hard work from the past year.
Raise a glass (or two) and enjoy some summer jazz music with Ex Duty Manager Clara Atkins.

This year we are also introducing “The Great Holburne Volunteer Bake Off”. We know that there are some incredible bakers in our team and its time everyone got to enjoy your wares.  Who are the judges? That would be telling.  If you would like details to enter please see Spencer or email him at s.hancock@holbure.org . All entrants must register before the 1 June.

We really hope that you will all be able to come along to celebrate. You will need to RSVP so that we order enough glasses / wine etc. Please do so by confirming your attendance on shift or emailing                              volunteers@holburne.org

Not turning Up and Breaks

Last Sunday afternoon was a little bit of a disaster with only 3 out of the 12 Volunteers on the Rota actually turning up! This meant that we had to close some galleries. It is really important that if you are not going to make a shift that you give us as much notice as possible so that we are able to find suitable cover.

Any one not turning up with no notice leaving your colleagues under more pressure and leading to gallery closures will be removed from the Volunteer Programme with immediate effect.

Please note that if you can not make a shift we really do need 48+ hours notice (unless in extreme circumstances)
You must call 01225 388569 or email volunteers@holburne.org

Some of your fellow Volunteers have brought to our attention that some people are taking longer than then twenty minute break and that some Volunteers are gone for more than 30 Minutes.

Your break is 20 Minutes. Please keep an eye on the time as this can put pressure on your colleagues and in some extreme cases have meant that some Volunteers have had to go without a break

The Holburne Museum Announces Appointment of New Director

The Trustees are very pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Scott to succeed Alexander (Xa) Sturgis as Director of the Holburne Museum.

Jennifer comes from Royal Collection Trust where she has been a curator since 2004. Prior to this she worked at the National Gallery, London and National Museums, Liverpool. Jennifer has curated a number of major exhibitions for The Queen's Galleries in London and Edinburgh, The Bowes Museum County Durham and The Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels.

Jennifer gained her BA and MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Her publications include books on Royal Portraiture and Dutch and Flemish Art. Jennifer became a welcome and familiar face when she worked with the Holburne team on one of the Museum's most popular exhibitions ‘Rembrandt and his Contemporaries: Paintings from the Royal Collection' in 2013.

Richard Fleck, Chairman of the Holburne Trustees said: ‘We are delighted to announce Jennifer's appointment as Director of the Holburne Museum. Jennifer has the energy, imagination and leadership to succeed Xa Sturgis and ensure the continued success of the Museum as it moves to the next stage of its development.'

Jennifer Scott said: ‘After ten happy years at Royal Collection Trust, I am excited to be appointed as Director of the Holburne Museum. Xa Sturgis has led the museum with ambition and flair through its spectacular renovation. I look forward to working with the team of staff, volunteers and trustees to continue this momentum, building on the Holburne's reputation for cultural excellence.'

Volunteer Gallery Guides

More often that not it is being noted that the Volunteer gallery guides are not been taken into the galleries by Volunteers to aid them on shift.

These Gallery Guides were a direct request from Volunteers and many Volunteers and staff members spent a lot of time putting them together.

Please can you make sure you are using them to help you interact with our Visitors.
If you are not using them we really need to know why?
Are they hard to use? Is the information not relevant?
Is there information missing?  How can we help you?
Please can you let us know what more you need in them?

Please feedback about these guides as soon as you can to Spencer at s.hancock@holburne.org or by dropping a note at reception.

Education Volunteer Induction Training Friday 27th June 10am - 2pm

Ever wondered what it would be like to volunteer for the Education Department? Why not come along on Friday 27th June and find out?

We are holding an induction day for the Museum's Education activities from Saturday Art Club and School Workshops to Pre-school activities and Arty Parties not to
mention special events such as our Easter Eggstravaganza, Lantern Procession and Holiday Art Camps.

Please contact Vanessa on 01225 388568 or email
v.wells@holburne.org if you would like to attend.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Volunteer Training Lecture Now Online

Hi Everyone 

The training lecture from last night given by Museum Director Dr. Alexander Sturgis is now online to view and listen too. the lecture focuses on our brand new exhibition 
Julian Opie: Collected Works. 

The last lecture Xa did for us on the history of the building and collection did not record properly, however he would like for me to assure you all that he plans to re record it all for you very soon 

This was Xa's last lecture for us as he will be moving on to the Ashmoleon in the Summer 
You can see news of his fantastic replacement in the news item below 


Monday, 12 May 2014

44AD artspace Artist Callout

Fundraiser Exhibition: Laura’s Place

Help us fund the 44AD move from Lower Borough Walls, to Abbey Street!

Private view: 26 June (6pm-8pm) Exhibition continues: 27 June – 6 July 2014

Brief: To make a visual response in any medium, 2D or 3D, to the painting of Henrietta Laura Pulteney (1766 – 1808) by the Swiss artist Angelica Kauffmann. Your response can be funny, political, abstracted or anything you like.
In this painting, Henrietta Laura Pulteney is aged around eleven, and was at the time the richest young heiress in Europe. Laura, as she was known, was the 1st Countess of Bath and was largely responsible for the development of the eastern side of Bath. Laura Place, Henrietta Gardens, Pulteney Road and Great Pulteney Street are all named after her.

If you want to see the painting up close, it is on display in the Picture Gallery on the top floor of the Holburne Museum, Bath, but you can find a quick preview and more information, at -

If you are interested in taking part in this project, please email Laura44ad@gmail.com and you will be sent a copyright disclaimer form to sign and send back, before being sent a hi-spec digital image of the painting. The Holburne Museum has kindly lent this image to 44AD artspace and participating artists, solely for use as inspiration for the works produced for this exhibition, and it must not be used for any other purpose, commercial or otherwise.

Deadline for Submissions of Artworks is Friday 20 June 2014. Please email a digital image of your entry (maximum 2MB) to Laura44ad@gmail.com, with your full name, title, medium and size.
Work can be on sale in the exhibition, with a 44% commission to 44AD’s moving fund. It would also be really helpful if all participating artists could volunteer a 3-hour supervision shift during the exhibition.
We are also planning to publish a book of the works in the exhibition, which we aim to have for sale a few weeks after the exhibition.

Accepted exhibitors will be contacted by Saturday 21 June 2014, and will be asked to pay a £10 exhibitors fee. Works are to be delivered to 44AD artspace, 7b Lower Borough Walls, Bath, on Sunday 22 June, 2 - 4pm or Monday 23 June 10 - 11 am.
The Private View will be held on Thursday 26 June 2014, and the exhibition will continue until Sunday 6 July. Work will be available for collection on this day 4 - 6pm.

If you have any questions, please contact: Katie O’Brien or Melissa Wraxall at Laura44ad@gmail.com

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

New News and Rota Now Online

Hi Everyone.
I hope this  finds you all well. 

Firstly a huge thank you to all of you for all your hard work on our last exhibition Joseph Wright of Derby: Bath and Beyond. The exhibition was a huge success with more than 7500 visitors enjoying it! We are busy preparing for our next exhibition, Julian Opie: Collected works. We are really excited to be working with Julian and we are sure that you will all find something you like within it. We are also busy looking at the installation of Tessa Farmers exhibition Unwelcome Visitors which will be appearing in the Collection Galleries in June.
The Museum will begin a new series of Holburne Up Late nights which will take place on the last Friday or Saturday of each month. These events are very much like the ones that run in all the major London Museums. The galleries and        exhibitions main open to the public until 9pm with music and entertainment in the garden cafe. Don’t forget to tell all your friends about our first one on the 30 May. We would love for these to be huge success. The Museum will not close as normal at 5pm on the 30th but will remain open into the evening. If you would like to steward at the Up late Series just drop us a line.
In very sad news a very good friend of the Museum has sadly passed away. Brian Roper was a huge part of the Museum family, he gave generously with his time and energy to make so many projects a success. Brian also sat on our board of trustees. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his wife Margaret and the family.
You can view your rotas by CLICKING HERE
Keep up the great work everyone, you all do such an amazing job. Spencer, Steven, Georgie and Josh