The West Midlands Volunteer Awards have been created to recognise and reward the invaluable role and significant contribution made by volunteers to the museums in the region. Volunteers are widely credited with being the life blood of many museums, generously giving their time, amounting to thousands of hours of support per year. They bring energy, enthusiasm and expertise to all areas of museum life and the awards are a chance for everyone to hear their stories and to acknowledge and celebrate their achievements.
Karen Davies, West Midlands Museum Development Programme Manager, said: “We are delighted to have received such high quality nominations for the first West Midlands Volunteer Awards. Volunteers are the backbone of many museums and it is fitting that their contribution is being acknowledged through the Awards. The judging panel certainly had a hard task to select the winners.”
Nominees from across the West Midlands region have been shortlisted for the prestigious awards in categories such as ‘Working Together’, ‘Spreading the Word’ and ‘Above and Beyond’. A total of 34 nominees have made the shortlists and the winners of each category will be announced at an inspiring awards ceremony at the Birmingham Hippodrome on Thursday, 15th September hosted by broadcast journalist, Sarah Falkland.
Four shortlisted nominees from Shropshire are heading to the awards ceremony in the following categories: ‘Above & Beyond’ – Margaret Williams from Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery and Ludlow Museum Resource Centre; ‘Working Together’ – the Boscobel House volunteer team and in the ‘Young People’ category – Douglas Henderson from Shropshire Museum Resource Centre and Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery and Thomas Corbett from Shropshire Regimental Museum.
The awards are part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust’s Major Partner Museum and West Midlands Museum Development programmes and are funded by Arts Council England.
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