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With all the anticipation and glitter of the Oscars, the second annual SHARE East Volunteer Awards took place on the gloriously sunny evening of Tuesday 9 June to coincide with National Volunteer Week. 150 guests were invited to the stunning surrounding of the Fitzwilliam Museum, in order to recognise and celebrate the efforts of all the Volunteers across the region. With the tension mounting the anticipation was almost too much to bear….. But it was worth the wait!
I was unable to contain my delight when Alex Tomkins, an Apprentice at the Museum of Zoology, was announced as winner of the Volunteer Manager Award! Below Alex shares his thoughts on winning.
“Following my GCSE’s, and then A Levels including Geography, Sociology and History, I was becoming increasingly interested in Natural History and museums. Inspiration also came from visits to museums and holidays to historic locations such as Rome. After successfully getting an apprenticeship at the Museum of Zoology I have enjoyed spending a huge amount of time with a diverse number of dedicated volunteers who have helped us with the museum’s redevelopment. This includes packing, moving and cleaning large numbers of specimens. I have been particularly motivated and inspired by their enthusiasm in our common interest.
I feel ecstatic about winning the Share Volunteer Management Award for 2016. Looking back I never thought I would win such an honourable award at such a young age with less than two years museum experience. My biggest thank you for helping me achieve all of this is Mathew Lowe, the Collections Manager and my mentor at the Museum of Zoology.”
The University of Cambridge Museums went on to have further success with Michael Loy from the Museum of Classical Archaeology winning the Outstanding Young Volunteer Award, and volunteers from the Fitzwilliam Museum’s Portals to the World project being Highly Commended in the Community Award. Congratulations to all of our volunteers who were nominated for an award this year.
With this event done and dusted, I am now starting to think about next year as it will be a tough job to beat this year’s success!
You can find out more about volunteering with the University of Cambridge Museums on our Get Involved webpages.
Niki Hughes, Opening Doors Coordinator, University of Cambridge Museums