Marsh Volunteer Award for Long-Term Commitment to the British Museum

This Award is run in partnership with the British Museum and recognises an individual who has made a significant contribution to the British Museum through their efforts as a volunteer.

Every year hundreds of individuals contribute their time, expertise and enthusiasm to help the Museum enrich the experiences of the millions of visitors who come to the Museum. Brian Marsh, founder of the MCT decided to introduce a new award to recognise and celebrate the efforts of those British Museum volunteers who have made an important contribution over a long period of time.

The 2013 winner is Gordon Howes

This year the award was presented posthumously to Gordon Howes who sadly passed away in March 2013.

Gordon had been part of the Volunteers Team at the British Museum for seventeen years ago following his retirement as Head Curator of Fishes at the Natural History Museum. At the British Museum he volunteered in the Departments of Ancient Egypt & Sudan and the Middle East. He also gave gallery talks, in the African and Mesopotamian Galleries and regularly leading tours in the Enlightenment Gallery from 2003 onwards.

He was a great supporter of the Volunteer Team giving his time very generously to trainees, allowing them to practise on him as they learned new tour scripts. Over such a long period of time Gordon inevitably touched the lives of many colleagues at the Museum and brought a great deal of pleasure to thousands of visitors. His relationship with the British Museum exemplifies long-term commitment.

The Award was given to the Children with Cancer Fund in Polegate, a charity which was close to Gordon’s heart.


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