4 hours ago
Monday, 4 April 2011
A few years ago I visited the Museum with some guests that were staying with me and as I had been to the place more times that I can count a must for all guests to see..........I stayed in the back ground and during the tour when the guide was free spent some time talking to her ... she gave me the 10 cent rundown of being a guide ....so the outcome of this saga was I started to train as a volunteer guide for the museum ... once the training started it took 13 weeks after which I emerged a fully fledged guide .. I found my niche was the booked tours normally people from overseas ... groups from as small as 6 ... one time I had 45 this was far to many but managed.
I do on an average 3 to 6 tours a month, and really enjoy it ...... the history of the museum building itself is my forte ... it was a spa for about 50 yrs with people coming for all over the world to be treated.... if you would like to see the museum check out this link.
The museum is so busy we actually have 80 guides this is necessary as we run tours on the hour every hour 10am to 8pm every day except Christmas Day ... that is one large number of guides needed.... most guides have a regular slot each week and sometimes two slots, the amazing thing is people do this volunteer job for years it seems once you are a guide it is someting you do for ever, very few leave.