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 Londonís 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 2016 winner is David Allan

David is an experienced retired radiologist and his assistance to the Centre for Human Bioarchaeology (CHB) has been invaluable. Using his skills in interpreting radiographs, David has been able to access information which has proven to be vital. He has also added further information to osteological records by supplying new analytical insights to pathologies and trauma. Davidís trained eye has allowed him to go through collected radiographs of the past few years with a digital radiography kit and in doing so, make the digital radiographic images more accessible. David follows the appropriate clinical standards and navigates his way through them using the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine viewer, a searchable way and method for recording the data that he is observing for the radiographic images in comparison with the data on the osteological database. David faced the considerable task of reordering the images so they are in a relevant order to the context, requiring attention to detail. This work has enabled the creation and formation of new digital archives for the CHB and the Museum of London. Davidís work is greatly appreciated and will have a lasting legacy and provide support to a number of future projects at the Museum.

Pictured: David putting his radiography skills to work at the CHB


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