Operations and Visitor Experience Manager, The Charleston Trust


Charleston is a seventeenth century Sussex farmhouse that from 1916 was the house of two of the most important and influential British artists of the twentieth century - Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. Their home became the country retreat of a group of individuals known as Bloomsbury which included Vanessa Bell’s sister Virginia Woolf, the economist John Maynard Keynes and critics Roger Fry and Clive Bell. Writers Lytton Strachey, TS Eliot and EM Forster were regular visitors. The house has a uniquely decorated interior which is illustrative of the ideals and lifestyle of the Bloomsbury group.

 Today, Charleston is a thriving house museum and gallery. The Charleston Trust which runs it, is internationally renowned for the way it uses the house, collection and intellectual legacy of Bloomsbury as the catalyst for creativity, discussion and debate. It receives no public funding to support its running costs and each year is entirely dependent on self-generated income. Charleston runs an extensive annual public programme which includes talks, seminars and workshops as well as the popular Charleston Festival in May. In September 2018, Charleston opened a destination restaurant and a multi-function auditorium in two Grade II listed barns and a suite of five galleries in a new building designed by Jamie Fobert which holds a year-round programme of exhibitions.

We are seeking a highly organised individual with excellent customer service experience to join the busy front of house team ensuring that all of Charleston’s day to day operations are running smoothly.  This role also includes the management of a team of Guides and Volunteer House Stewards who work in the house providing tours and in-depth information about Charleston. This role also promotes, coordinates and manages group visits to the house.

For more information go to our website https://www.charleston.org.uk/job-opportunities-charleston-trust/

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