I was one of the second group of volunteers taken on board at the RBBM. I started as a Tour Guide, moving on to driving the buggy, assisting with Craft Fairs and helping out with the Pop-up Shop in Ayr – “Ayrshire Gifts an’ a’ that”.
When I heard about the role of volunteer at the RBBM, it captured my attention as I thought it would be good fun – which it is! The variety of the “job” is amazing, from taking part in events, helping with the admin side of the Pop-up Shop, assisting in the organisation of the volunteer/staff day trips, to trying to answer people’s questions about Burns (the most popular one is “what did he die of?”). I have also taken part in special events, such as Alloween, playing the part of an old witch in the kitchen. Some people may say that I was typecast !!
It is difficult to pinpoint a single memorable experience, as the customers are all different, and I have a lot of good memories from meeting “neighbours” of the Museum to those from the far corners of the globe, and other volunteers from other properties of the Trust. I was also very lucky to be one of the few chosen to go on a trip to London to visit the British Museum (for afternoon tea, a private tour and then for a Museum awards ceremony that evening). HRH Prince Charles donated tickets for a Highgrove Tour and I was fortunate to win a pair too !!