Marsh Award for Museum of London Volunteers

This Award is run in partnership with the Museum of London and recognises the contributions made to the Museum by an exceptional volunteer.

The Museum of London has hundreds of volunteers who contribute their time, skills and interests in various ways, from looking after collections and archives, to providing support on learning programmes and welcoming visitors into the museum. Their work has been very valuable in helping the Museum to share with the public London’s great history.

The Museum of London cares for more than two million objects in its collections and attracts over 400,000 visitors per year. It holds the largest archaeological archive in Europe.

Pictured right: Volunteer, Vivienne, cleaning an open display at Museum of London Docklands

The 2013 winner is Wendy Rudge

Wendy volunteers for the London Archaeological Archive and Research Centre (LAARC) at the Museum of London. Her relationship with the Museum began when she started attending archaeology workshops as part of a visitor participation project. Her enthusiasm for archaeology and public engagement soon became very clear as she encouraged her friends to attend the sessions. She soon pursued her interest further by becoming a volunteer for the LAARC.

Wendy has taken on a variety of roles and projects as a volunteer. She started out by helping to improve the care and documentation of the archaeology collections and then moved onto working as part of a small team to set up a Learning and Handling Collection. Wendy soon put her newly acquired knowledge and experiences into effect by training to become an Archive tour guide. As a guide she has lead tours for members of the public and has conveyed her enthusiasm for the centre to visitors, sharing her volunteering stories with them and allowing them to delve into London’s history.

Wendy demonstrated her exceptional public engagement skills when she volunteered as an Archaeological Ambassador for the ‘Unearthing Bromley’ project, where she encouraged members of the public to become involved with the museum. She has also taken on the role of volunteer manager, assisting with the training of volunteers and acting as a mentor to them.

Wendy has gone full circle by delivering projects that she first attended as an interested visitor, demonstrating the transition that one can make when they have a real interest driving them. She has been instrumental in delivering some of the LAARC’s most important projects and is one of the department’s most relied upon volunteers.

Highly Commended – Conservation and Collection Care Volunteer team

Due to the high standard of nominations, the Conservation and Collection Care Volunteer team were named as highly commended winners.

This team of seven committed volunteers has been responsible for the cleaning and caring of the Museum’s stored collections. They have undertaken a range of projects, including marking objects, and cleaning and improving storage space, all of which are vital to ensure the longevity of the collections. The volunteers have embraced their work with enthusiasm, a great sense of humour and professionalism and their contributions to the Museums have inspired other departments to work more closely with volunteers.

Pictured above: Winner, Wendy Rudge with Clive Bannister, Chairman of the Museum of London, Brian Marsh, Chairman of the MCT and Sharon Ament, Director of the Museum of London


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