Give a personal touch to the Sikh Fortress Turban!

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Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery hosts the magnificent fortress turban, on loan from the British Museum (26 January – 28 April 2013). The display gives visitors from Birmingham and beyond a rare opportunity to explore the intriguing story of Sikh warriors and learn more about Sikh faith and history. You can get involved with the museum’s work and help us unravelling the mysteries of the dastaar boonga to our visitors. Join our enthusiastic group of wonderful volunteers and act as a gallery interpreter. If you can help us, come along to one of the Info Sessions on Saturday 16 February, 11am-12pm or Saturday 2 March, 11am-12pm. You can also contact Josefine ( for more information. We look forward to meeting you.

What does a gallery interpreter do?

As a gallery interpreter you can play a crucial part in enhancing our visitors’ experience of the Sikh Fortress Turban exhibition. Gallery interpreters engage visitors in discussions about the turban and help them discover how and why turbans symbolise Sikh faith and identity. We want to provide informative, engaging and meaningful experiences for our visitors that explain why the turban remains important for the Sikh community in Birmingham today. Gallery interpreters are vital in helping us achieving this.

How is the volunteer programme organised?

Gallery interpreters work in pairs and are asked to sign up to a flexible rota and commit to a minimum of 2-3 sessions throughout the duration of the exhibition. Sessions take place on Saturdays between 11.00am–1.30pm or 1.30pm–16.00 pm. Before you start we ask you to attend a training session where we will tell you more about the Sikh Fortress Turban and what to expect as a gallery interpreter.

Are there any requirements?

You do not need to be an expert on Sikh history or faith. All that is needed is being enthusiastic about sharing your own experience and knowledge of Sikh faith and culture with visitors.

What’s in it for you?

Benefits include

  • gaining in-depth knowledge of the Sikh Fortress Turban
  • developing customer service and interpretation skills
  • easy access to all events around the exhibition
  • seeing how a museum works behind the scenes
  • up to £4 daily reimbursement towards your travel
  • possibility to attend other training courses (e.g. on customer service, disability awareness)
  • potentially become a long-term volunteer
  • Lots of fun!

Get involved with the Sikh Fortress Turban exhibition at BMAG and give the display a personal touch!

If you can help us, please contact Josefine (


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