The judging panel met in May for a day of deliberations at Ashwell Museum in Hertfordshire, and they made 16 awards across the 8 categories. Wednesday 6th June saw the Museum of East Anglian Life hosting an afternoon tea and celebration afternoon for all the nominees and 150 people came to the party. The awards were presented by Robyn Llewellyn (Heritage Lottery Fund, East of England) and also two of this year’s judges: Kathy Fawcett (Arts Council England) and Jeremy Thackray (Centre for Computing History).
As usual, all the volunteers nominated were obviously a great asset to their museums and it was a lovely opportunity to thank them for all their work.
The awards this year were as follows:
Collections Champion Award
The Collections Team at Epping District Museum, and Barry Knight of St Albans Museums
Volunteer Leadership Award
Lib Fox of Colchester and Ipswich Museums, and Julia Good of St Albans Museums
Digital Volunteering Award
Frank Andow from the Museum of Power, and the Research Team at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse
Learning Volunteer Award
The Print Workshop Team at the Museum of East Anglian Life
Outstanding Young Volunteer Award
Natasha Harlock of Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum and Casey Hobbs from the Stories of Lynn
John McKee of Braintree District Museum
Visitor Experience Award
Colin Seal of Sheringham Museum, and the Walled Garden Team at the Museum of East Anglian Life
We Couldn’t do Without Award
The Higgins Learning and Galleries Volunteer teams and the Higgins Young People’s Panel
Judges’ Special Award
The St Albans Museums and Galleries Trust
Congratulations to everyone, and just as importantly – thank you all for supporting your volunteers, and most of all for volunteering!
The Volunteer Awards will be back in 2020…
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