Volunteers at the Museum of London Archaeological Archives

Museum volunteer award winners announced

Simon Stephens, 19.11.2014
Museum of London Archaeological Archive and Bede's World scoop top prize
The British Museum and the Marsh Christian Trust have announced the nine winners of the Volunteers for Museum Learning awards.

The awards are in their sixth year and recognise the contribution volunteers make to help museums engage with their visitors.

The winners each receive £500, donated by the Marsh Christian Trust. One overall winner usually receives an additional £2,000, but this year the prize was shared by two organisations because of the high standard of applicants: the Herb Garden volunteers at Bede’s World in Jarrow and the family learning volunteers at the Museum of London Archaeological Archive in Hackney.

The archaeology family and schools volunteers at the Museum of London Archaeological Archive won for developing and delivering an under-fives programme.

“We are really proud of our volunteers – it is an amazing achievement for them and they are an amazing group,” said Glynn Davis, the archaeology collections manager (volunteers) at the Museum of London. “They are thoroughly engaged and they helped lead the session and develop the themes.”

The work of the volunteers at the Museum of London Archaeological Archive is supported by an Arts Council England grant.

The full list of Volunteers for Museum Learning winners are:

  • Wales: archive and library volunteers, Pontypool Museum
  • Scotland: Museums Alive volunteers, Edinburgh Museums and Galleries
  • North-west: Nigel Meyrick, Grosvenor Museum, Chester
  • North-east: Herb Garden volunteers, Bede’s World, Jarrow
  • Midlands: the Millers at Sarehole Mill, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (joint winner); Peter Gilbert, Erasmus Darwin House, Lichfield (joint winner)
  • Yorkshire: adult tour volunteer guides, Ripon Museum Trust
  • South-west/east: Roy Calthorpe, Battle Museum of Local History
  • London: family learning volunteers, Museum of London Archaeological Archive
  • Northern Ireland: Joni Wilson and Ann Mayne, Carrickfergus Museum and Civic Centre