Projects, events and news from the University of Cambridge Museums
I can hardly believe that it has been a whole year since the inaugural SHARE East Volunteer Awards in 2015! But, as they say, time flies when you are having fun! The awards where the brainchild of the then Opening Doors Project Coordinator, Amanda Lightstone, and myself in my former role as Volunteer Manager at IWM Duxford. We realised that there was no formal system to recognise the hard work and dedication of the thousands of volunteers who invest their time, effort and energy into museums across the region. We decided that this had to change! The idea was wholeheartedly embraced by SHARE East and sprang into life with the first event taking place at the Athenaeum in Bury St Edmunds.
In a flurry of excitement and anticipation, the second year ceremony is taking place at the Fitzwilliam Museum in a little over two weeks, after the nominations came in thick and fast. 46 different museums from around the region submitted an impressive 69 nominations, highlighting the importance of the volunteer workforce and taking a little time to say a big “thank you” back.
This year, two teams and six individuals from the University of Cambridge Museums have been nominated. These include three nominations for the Volunteer Manager Award, highlighting the importance of the skills that are needed when working with a dedicated and enthusiastic team of volunteers.
We have built on the success of last year (and ironed out any glitches…) and I know that this event will be fantastic celebration of the individuals who play a major role in caring for an interpreting our heritage, ensuring that it is accessible to all.
The only big question that needs answering is…..what one should wear to the event of the year?!?
Niki Hughes, Opening Doors Project Coordinator