New for 2018, we want to recognise some of the newer roles volunteers undertake in museums. Do you have a volunteer/team who offer a great service to the museum by setting up, or operating the museum’s social media accounts, or keeping the website up to date, or workimg on digital museum projects. They might help the unitiated, undertake this work sensitively where needed, or provide new ideas and ways of working.
Outstanding Young Volunteer Award
Specifically for volunteers under the age of 25 who have excelled in any of the categories or who have achieved something else exceptional. This is your opportunity to recognise those who really stand out. They may have contributed to a museum project or developed an innovative way of working while at the museum as well as being a positive ambassador.
Volunteer Leadership Award
This may be someone who provides informal leadership of volunteers, an official volunteer team leader, or co-ordinator, or a paid member of staff carrying out this role. Do you have someone in mind who does this really well? Do they motivate, innovate, communicate well with others? You will know their skills and attributes - please tell us about them.
We Couldn't do Without... Award
You may have a volunteer/team who doesn’t fit into a category? They may empty the bins, act as a general fixer, or think of innovative ways to solve problems which have persisted for some time. Wherever they or their team is needed, they are already there! The principle is that your museum couldn’t flourish as well without them.
For volunteers who are enthusiastic about developing and delivering inspiring and engaging learning activities using their museum collections, grounds and buildings. They may support family learning, or more school/college based work but whatever they are doing it will be inspiring.
Visitor Experience Award
For volunteers who give visitors a good first impression of the museum. This might be through excellent maintenance of the site or grounds, or by having a good knowledge of their museum and giving visitors just the right level of help and information whilst they are on the site. They may have shown themselves to be tactful and diplomatic, or gone the extra mile in some other way to enable visitors to get the most out of their visit.
This award recognises outstanding contributions from Trustees (or unpaid governors) who set strategy and direct the work of our museums. Without appropriate leadership serious problems might have arisen, or great opportunities not been taken. Do your trustees give outstanding service to your museum? This is the only category in the scheme where volunteering over a longer period than the 2017/18 year will be considered.
Collections Champion Award
For volunteers who are committed to developing their museum’s collections and making them accessible to diverse audiences. Collections may be moveable objects, or in some museums, the buildings and grounds themselves. They may work on the museum’s catalogue, help with conservation cleaning, or assist with displays and exhibitions.