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The first annual SHARE Volunteer Awards for Museums in the East was held last night to celebrate and recognise the incredible support that volunteers contribute to museums in our region.
The celebration event was held at the Athenaeum in Bury St. Edmonds, where nominated volunteers enjoyed a drink and canapés alongside their museum colleagues before the award presentations were made.
Hedley Swain, Area Director for Arts Council England, congratulated all 87 nominees, who came from 46 different museums around the Eastern region. The University of Cambridge Museums was particularly proud of their ten volunteers who were nominated.
Hedley then went on to recognise the highly commended nominees and the winners in the seven categories below. Deservedly, Kate Ward from the University of Cambridge Museums was joint winner of the Going The Extra Mile Award, and Claire Daunton from Kettle’s Yard was highly commended in the Behind The Scenes Volunteer category. Well done to them both!
The category winners and highly commended nominees were:
Outstanding Young Volunteer
Highly commended: Luton Culture Wardown Park Museum Youth Forum
Winner: James Scott, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse
Front of House Volunteer
Highly commended: Fiona Palmer, Museum of East Anglian Life
Winner: Vanessa Green, Braintree District Museum
Behind the Scenes Volunteer
Highly commended: Karen Wade and Lynne Mahoney, Braintree District Museum
Winner: Viv Alderton and Chester Mersman, Imperial War Museum Duxford
Volunteer Management Award
Highly commended: Nicola Sherhod, The John Bunyan Museum and Library
Winner: Toni Mair, Southend Museums and Libraries
Behind the Scenes Volunteer
Two highly commended: Claire Daunton, Kettle’s Yard and Emma Ward, Swaffham Museum
Winner: John Connett, Cambridge Museum of Technology
Going the Extra Mile Award
Joint Winners: Kate Ward, University of Cambridge Museums and Bob Press, North Hertfordshire Museums Service
Highly commended: Alan Wheeler, Beccles Museum
Winner: The ‘On the Beat’ Volunteer Team, Bishop’s Stortford Museum
Of the event, Simon Floyd of SHARE Museums East said, ‘The awards celebration was a huge success, in no small part because of the amazing support that thousands of volunteers contribute to the Eastern region’s museums on a regular basis. The event was an ideal chance to celebrate the importance of volunteers to museums, showcase the range of roles that volunteers undertake, and demonstrate the diversity of the people who offer their time as volunteers. SHARE would like to congratulate all those volunteers who were nominated, and especially those individuals and teams who won.’
Mike Dickens, Senior Manager of John Lewis Cambridge, and one of the Judges, also commented, ‘While reading the nominations, I was humbled and impressed by the dedication and ingenuity of the museum volunteers. The task of choosing a winner for each category was difficult and the Judging Panel took their role very seriously. Well done to all involved.’
The SHARE Volunteer Awards for Museums in the East is a collaboration between SHARE Museums East, IWM Duxford and the University of Cambridge Museums. The Awards are funded by Arts Council England through their Museum Development programme, managed in the region by SHARE Museums East.