Helen celebrates 25 years at Bowhill House
11th June, 2018
House Manager Helen Currie, celebrated 25 years of service at Bowhill House recently and was presented with an award to mark the milestone by the Duke of Buccleuch.
Helen arrived at Bowhill House in 1992, initially as the education officer, bringing with her years of experience as a teacher. She was keen to educate children visiting the stately home on the unique history of Bowhill House and the wonderful art collection that lies within.
Over the years, the job grew with her as she took on responsibility for its theatre and then the management of the House, playing a key role in showcasing Bowhill House as a five star VisitScotland visitor attraction.
“No two days are ever the same here at Bowhill and they have changed and evolved considerably since I first started. Visitor tastes and expectations have become much more sophisticated over the years and it’s been a great experience going on this journey with them.” said Helen.
She continued: “Twenty-five years have flown by in many ways. I have been incredibly lucky to have the privilege of the unusual job of working with precious and beautiful things in this stunning backdrop. The art collection is world class and I have had that surround me every day of my working life.
“The Estate is so beautiful. I love watching the changing seasons – the frozen loch in the winter, the daffodils in the spring, the glories of summer and the falling leaves of autumn. Even on busy days it is so peaceful and a stroll around the grounds can restore even the most frazzled mind and spirit.”
When Helen first started at Bowhill, emails were almost unheard of and she, along with two others, shared a computer. This has changed considerably with emails coming in thick and fast from visitors, and social media playing a key role in engaging with her audience.
Helen said: “I think we have managed a great balance of fast-pace engagement without losing the human touch which has been incredibly important for me. Working with the team who are without exception hard working, committed, creative and incredibly supportive of each other – which I think is relayed to our visitors each and every day – has been fantastic.
“It was an honour to receive my 25 year service award from the Duke of Buccleuch. I have had a great deal of fun working with our visitors. Seeing children visit and observing their amazement when they see real works of art is a real highlight of my career.”