The House of the Tailor of Gloucester Beatrix Potter Museum (to give it is full and grand title) is at 9 College Court which stands within the shadow of the Cathedral. This was the area Beatrix Potter drew and which inspired her to write what she described as her ‘favourite book’ – the Tailor of Gloucester.
There has been a building on that plot since 1535 and various businesses have used it during its 500 year history. After a public appeal in 2006 the building was bought and dedicated to telling the history of the site, the story of the Tailor of Gloucester and Beatrix Potter’s interest in the area, and is now run completely by volunteers. Upstairs there is a small museum, whilst downstairs is a delightful gift shop that helps support the upkeep of the building and the museum.
We need people to run our gift shop. This would involve wrapping and packing purchases, handling money, talking to customers and helping out with stock takes. We have an electronic till, but we will give you full training and support so you feel confident taking payments.
You’ll also be encouraging people to go and look around the museum upstairs. When it’s quiet you could also find yourself helping keep the shop spick and span with some light dusting and re-arranging of the stock to show it off to its best. Many people that come in have lots of questions about Beatrix Potter and the building – we don’t expect you to be able to answer them all when you first come, but as you spend more time with us we know you’ll gain more knowledge and grow in confidence and be able to answer those questions.
We are open Mondays to Saturdays throughout the year, 10am – 4pm in Winter and 10am – 4.30pm in the summer. We also open on Sundays 12pm – 4pm from Easter until Christmas. We split the shifts into mornings 10am – 1pm and afternoons 1pm until close and we are looking for volunteers for all the Mondays through to Saturday shifts. We do have a particular need for people on Saturdays. Some people like to volunteer with us on a weekly or fortnightly basis for a specific shift, where as other people are happy to drop in and out to help us fill the rota. Whatever your volunteering pattern we will do our best to accommodate it.
You do need to be at least 16 to volunteer with us, but we have no upper age limit!
Why get involved?
This is a great chance to develop and practice customer service and money handling skills in a friendly environment whilst meeting lots of new people. Your knowledge of Beatrix Potter and the history of the local area is also bound to increase. You’ll never be alone in the shop so it is a great way to meet new people and make new friends with the other volunteers. You would also be helping support the House of the Tailor of Gloucester Beatrix Potter Museum as the gift shop is an important revenue stream for us.
We have found this an excellent volunteering position if you are trying to develop customer service, retail or money handling skills for future employment. As it is a very sociable role it is also useful if you are trying to improve or practice English or build on your language or communications skills.
How to get involved?
- Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
- Accept the challenge.
- Await a response from the House of the Tailor of Gloucester Beatrix Potter Museum with more information
- Customer Service
- Money Handling
- Visitor Service/ Front of House