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 2015 winners are John Walledge and Veronica Hunt (Highly Commended)

John Walledge
John first joined the museum as a volunteer in October 2011 when he participated in the Archaeological Archive’s Volunteer Inclusion Programme. He is one of the most time-giving volunteers at the museum and in his role as a Voluntour guide at the Archaeological Archive he has delivered 8 public tours in the past year alone. In this role, John works alongside fellow guides, engaging visitors with collections which would otherwise be hidden away. John also volunteers as a member of the Archive’s ‘Archaeology Online’ team. This role is focused on digitising and cataloguing collections to a high standard, which are then disseminated through the museum’s Collections Online webpages. He is a great team player and offers huge commitment to the projects which require continual training throughout the year.

John is also a volunteer in the Conservation department. He has been fully trained in collections care work, regularly assisting with the cleaning and maintenance of the Social & Working History collections. John has taken on a further role as a volunteer for the Sainsbury Archive at Museum of London Docklands engaging his talents as a graphic designer and bringing explicit expertise to the role.

In addition to the many roles listed, John is always one of the first to offer his assistance when needed – participating in events for Volunteers’ week, volunteer Q&As; and offering opinions and advice for developing best practice for volunteering across the museum.

Veronica Hunt (Highly Commended)
Veronica has volunteered with the Centre for Human Bioarchaeology at the Museum of London for over eight years, coming with prior osteological skills and experience to assist the Centre in continuing to analyse and record the many archaeological skeletal assemblages curated at the museum.

Thanks to her three day a week contribution, the museum has been able to complete the recording of the Anglo-Saxon skeletal assemblages, address queries from other sites and start the recording of the Spitalfields Infirmary cemetery. The analysis and recording of these sites would not have been possible without Veronica’s input. Veronica also assists with the curation of the material in the careful labelling, bagging and re-boxing of the material. She is always attentive and mindful of the material that she is handling and is expert in her dealings with the skeletal material having acquired many years’ experience in the field.

Veronica is always willing to offer support and advice to researchers whilst they are visiting the Centre for Human Bioarchaeology and she also acted as a mentor to another volunteer at the Centre.

Pictured: John Walledge working in the archives


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Previous Winners:

2014 Sue Rowell

2013 Wendy Rudge