The more I think about why I got passed over for promotion in the Bristol Museums service, the more I see why I did NOT get on even though I was popular, respected and knew more about the alarm system of the smaller museums than anyone else.
Top of my list is always I was too useful as I could run any of the shops in the museums.
There is also the fact I am not a "yes" man," while not being as militant as my late friend, Richard, who committed suicide in one of the museums by hanging himself from a lamp post. I was known to support the men, not the bosses.
At the time of the death of our head of security, many of my friends asked why I didn't apply for the job as they knew I could do it as well as anybody could, and I had their respect?
Among my reasons was I had my eye on running a church museum that the service was in control of, a friend who was retiring was training me to take over from him when he retired. When he did retire, everyone was shocked that again I got passed over for promotion, the reason this time was the person who got it was a back-stabber who bribed the curator with a cake. A story for another day.
You may wonder, what does my book www.amazon.com/dp/B008BK1WDK have to do with the museum?
Recently, I came to the conclusion that the bosses of the museum were concerned that if I got promoted to head of security, I would instigate an investigation into the crime mentioned in my story. A crime that to this day resolves a mystery because the Masons cover their backs.
I could list other reasons for not being promoted but I think the main reason is that the Management feared I would cause a stir, and that is the thing they wanted the least.