Marsh Group Awards for Volunteering with NADFAS

This Award is run in association with The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS). The Award recognises a group of volunteers from some of the organisations’ 365 local societies across the UK, working to help conserve the decorative and fine arts in their local area.

In 2017, a new Award was presented for the first time to recognise a Committee of the Year to recognise the collective and voluntary achievements of committee members who have established and driven the activities of the societies, through great dedication and creative ways of engaging with members of the community.

NADFAS is a leading arts charity which opens up the world of the arts through a network of local Societies and national events.

Pictured: The opening of the Farnham Schools Art Exhibition, organised by the 2016 Award Winners Farnham DFAS

The 2017 winners are Stirling DFAS and Sandwich DFAS

Group Award – Stirling DFAS
The group of volunteers at Stirling have been involved in two projects. One group has worked with the local council archivist, cleaning and transcribing records and making these more accessible to the public and academics. The other team has volunteered at the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum helping to store and preserve army uniforms exhibited at the museum. The group have volunteered for over four years on this project, having contributed around 1,400 hours of their time.

Committee of the Year – Sandwich DFAS
Sandwich DFAS has made an incredible achievement by reviving their society from ‘the brink of collapse’ and revamping their programme of activities to engage with a larger and more diverse audience. The committee has run more taster lectures, brought engaging speakers to events, changed the format of their lectures, offered reduced membership rates for young people and promoted and gained more publicity about their activities.

A Highly Commended winner was also recognised in this category: Macclesfield DFAS is another successful society which is being run by a committee without a Chairman or Vice Chairman. Through the collective efforts of the committee they are managing to run a number of activities including Young Arts programmes, heritage volunteering with local museums and a range of lectures and study days for the community.


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