Job Vacancy: Visitor Services Officer

Location: Dr Jenner’s House, Museum and Garden, Church Lane, Berkeley, GL13 9BN

Salary: £18,000 per annum (full time, fixed term contract to 31 March 2018)

Closing date: 28 June 2017 (9am)

Interview date: 3/6 July 2017

Start: Immediate

Overview and background

Dr Jenner’s House, Museum & Garden is situated in the historic market town of Berkeley, at The Chantry, a striking Grade II* listed house where Edward Jenner lived for 38 years until his death in 1823. This is the house from which he pioneered vaccination against smallpox and it is now a museum celebrating his life and legacy. The museum is operated by The Jenner Trust with a small staff and team of volunteers.

We are seeking to appoint a Visitor Services Officer who will be responsible for the day-to-day delivery of visitor-facing operations at Dr Jenner’s House, Museum and Garden. If you are passionate about providing a warm welcome and bringing stories to life then this could be the role for you. You will work closely with the Museum Manager and our volunteers to ensure that we deliver an excellent experience by supporting the front of house team, ensuring that high standards of presentation are maintained and coordinating our events programme. You will also assist with marketing the museum and finding new ways to maximise our fundraising and income-generating potential.

To be successful in this role you will need to be highly motivated, organised and an excellent communicator. Whilst experience of working in a similar museum or heritage site is preferred, it is by no means essential; what is most important is that you have a passion for delivering a great service.

This is a full-time 35 hour per week post based on a Sunday to Thursday week during the museum’s open season (April to September), reverting to Monday to Friday during the closed season. This will be a fixed term contract until 31 March 2018, although there is the possibility that this could be extended. Due to limited public transport provision in Berkeley, we anticipate that the post holder will require a full driving licence and access to their own vehicle.

For a full job description, candidate profile and application form please contact Owen Gower (Museum Manager) via email at events@edwardjenner.co.uk

NB CVs will not be accepted

Help us to uncover the history of Dr Jenner’s House

In 2017 we embarked upon a year of discovery at Dr Jenner’s House, Museum and Garden. As part of the EU-funded REVEAL Project, we are attempting to reconstruct (through the wonders of virtual reality technology) the fabric of The Chantry as it was at the time of Jenner’s death.

The project has already vexed us and challenged everything we thought we knew about the building. Windows and doors have moved, rooms have changed use, staircases have been diverted…! However we are making good progress and look forward to sharing the fruits of our research very soon.

First, we have one significant challenge to overcome. With limited sources and very little of the original fabric of the building remaining we are struggling to identify how Jenner would have decorated his walls. This is where we need your help! We have found three fragments of wallpaper in the house. One hidden behind coat hooks in a downstairs passageway and the other two decorating the former servants’ quarters in the attics. We believe the latter fragments were off-cuts from elsewhere in the house.

We’re very keen to identify these fragments. Most importantly, are they likely to date from Jenner’s time in the house or from later occupants? If they are of the period, do they come from recognisable patterns? And which rooms might they have originally decorated?

If you think you can help us out, or point us in the right direction, please email info@edwardjenner.co.uk. We’d be delighted to hear from you!

Job Vacancy: REVEAL Project Assistant

Salary: £17,000 per annum pro rata (15 hours per week, six-month fixed contract)
Location: Berkeley, Gloucestershire
Closing Date: 9am 27th February 2017
Interview Date: 3rd March 2017
Start: Immediate

Overview and Background

Dr Jenner’s House, Museum & Garden is situated in the historic market town of Berkeley, at The Chantry, a striking Grade II* listed house where Edward Jenner lived for 38 years until his death in 1823. This is the house from which he pioneered vaccination against smallpox and it is now a museum celebrating his life and legacy. The museum is operated by The Jenner Trust with a small staff and team of volunteers.

The Realising Education Through Virtual Environments and Augmented Locations (REVEAL) Project is a two-year Horizon 2020 Research Project funded by the European Union applying VR technologies to education, with partners in the UK, Netherlands, Italy and Malta. The Project Assistant will assist the Museum Manager in research to support the development of a VR ‘environmental narrative’ based around the appearance of The Chantry in the 1700s.

We are looking for an individual with a track record of carrying out research in a museum, archive or similar setting, with excellent communication skills and a high level of motivation. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate organisational and planning skills and be able to work closely with others to realise deadlines. Ideally, you will have a good understanding of Eighteenth Century British history. As REVEAL Project Assistant you will be directly responsible to the Museum Manager.

Due to limited public transport provision in Berkeley, we anticipate that the post holder will require a full driving licence and access to their own vehicle. The post holder will also need to be prepared to travel within Gloucestershire and sometimes further afield.

For a full job description, candidate profile and application form please contact:
Owen Gower (Museum Manager) via email at events@edwardjenner.co.uk

NB CVs will not be accepted

Thanks for your Jennerosity

In 2016, we launched our Jennerosity Appeal to try and secure £20,000. Due in part to significant and sometimes unexpected maintenance costs (such as the unfortunate demise of the museum’s boiler in 2016), and despite reducing operational expenditure to the absolute minimum, the museum has operated at a deficit for a number of years. This is unsustainable and whilst we do have a plan to revitalise the museum and increase our revenue-generating activity, we need time to realise these plans and put in applications for all-important large grants. We asked for your help to raise £20,000 and thanks to your generosity we achieved this target in December.

We really are grateful that we can now open the museum for the 2017 season, but now we must start fundraising again for we need to secure a further £20,000 this year, and every year, to keep the museum open.

We have a number of ideas and fundraising events planned, so please keep an eye out for these. You can find out more about Supporting Us here.

Christmas Cards

Are you looking for a Christmas card with a difference this year? This year we’re delighted to launch our new Dr Jenner’s House cards, featuring an image of The Chantry by Emma Gower.

All proceeds from the sale of these cards support the work of The Jenner Trust (registered charity 1158316), enabling us to continue telling the remarkable story of Edward Jenner from his home in Berkeley.

The cards cost £4.50 for a pack of 10 (including envelopes) and can be purchased during working hours from the Museum Office in Berkeley. We can also dispatch the cards to anywhere in the UK (postage and packing costs £1.35), just click the link below to enter your payment details:

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Please note that orders must be received before 5pm on 16 December otherwise you may not get your cards before Christmas. Orders are dispatched by Second Class post so we cannot guarantee an arrival date.

The Great Sally Alley Quiz Off

Thursday 8 December, 7:45pm

Dr Jenner’s House and award-winning pub The Salutation are joining forces for a quiz night in aid of the work of the museum. Teams can be up to six people and the entry fee is £4 per person, with all proceeds going to charity. Register by 7:45pm, quizzing commences at 8pm. Please note, this event will take place at The Salutation Inn, Ham, GL13 9QH.

The Jennerosity Appeal

Help us to raise £20,000 this year

Whilst we don’t know where exactly Jenner carried out his first vaccination in 1796, it was from this house in Berkeley that he wrote up his findings and told the world about his discovery. Less than 200 years later, smallpox had been eradicated, the first and only human disease to be completely wiped out. All thanks to the work of Jenner.

In 1985, after an international appeal prompted a number of generous donations, Jenner’s home was opened to the public as a memorial to his achievements and to promote the practice of vaccination. Visitors today can glimpse an insight into Jenner’s character and personality through displays of objects and a recreation of his Study, they can see the Temple of Vaccinia, where Jenner vaccinated the people of Berkeley free of charge, and they can relax in Jenner’s garden.

Now, 31 years on we are launching a new appeal to try and raise £20,000 to secure our future. Museums and, subsequently, visitor expectations have changed and our displays do not always tell this remarkable story in the most accessible way. The historic fabric of the building is also at risk as renovation work carried out in the early 1980s is now understood to have actually harmed, rather than helped, the structure. The work required is substantial and will require significant capital grants and donations, however we need your support before then. By donating to our Jennerosity Appeal, you will help us to keep the museum open during this transitional period and allow us the time to put in applications for these all-important larger grants.

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