I hope this newsletter is finding you well. It’s finally coming to the end of summer and the cosy jumper and raincoats season is slowly starting to creep upon us. I thought it best to start my first newsletter to you all reflecting on the exciting summer we have had.
The Visitor services and commercial operations department have been through a big change this summer with a sad goodbye to Steven Vodli and a big hello to the fantastic Hannah Jenkins. The structure of Charlie’s and my own jobs has had added responsibilities too and we are both starting to feel more settled and confident to deliver outstanding leadership and lots more exciting this to the museum.
Canaletto has been a huge success, both with the visitors feedback, the volunteer feedback and finically – and we still have just under a month left before it closes! So congratulations on maintaining the enthusiasm for such a long running exhibition, I’m starting to feel a real sense of unity in the effort with engaging with the public whilst in the Roper gallery, this also goes for the other galleries as well.
There have been many challenges with this exhibition and our department have been really impressed with the level of professionalism that has arisen when difficult situation can happen. Notably the amount of offers we have had for this exhibition.
You can find your new rotas by clicking the link below or at the Volunteer Rota page on the right hand side
TRAINING COMING UP
The next training session is Monday 28th September 2.30pm it’s about our British Paintings and it will be led by Amina Wright if you have not signed up yet please let a Duty manager know on shift of via email. There is also going to be something special revealed in this talk that the Amina has been working on recently.
From the 5th of October Howard will begin de-installing the Canaletto exhibition and giving the Roper gallery its seasonal change for the Gold exhibition to be installed mid-October, ready for its opening date of Saturday 24th October. This exhibition will be running until Sunday 24th January 2016.
Training for this Exhibition will be led by the original curator of the Royal Collection exhibition and our Director Jennifer Scott on Friday 23rd October with two day time sessions (10.30am & 2.30pm) to sign up to. The Duty Mangers will start to mention this in briefings in the next couple of weeks.
22nd October – Gold Exhibition Private View (6pm-8.30pm)
23rd October – Friends Gold Private View (6pm – 8.30pm)
Also please keep checking the Rotas to see if you can fill in any gaps with VOLUNTEER NEEDED.
Reminder: from the 5th October we will be closing the Roper Gallery during De-install/install …meaning that our Volunteer numbers for three weeks will be halved, so please check if you are on the Rota for those days.
Thank you for all your help, I’m feeling very proud to call you my team.
All the best,
Josh, Charlie, Hannah, Ben and Spencer.