Marsh Individual Awards for Volunteering with NADFAS

These Awards are run in association with The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) and recognise volunteers from some of the organisation’s 365 local societies across the UK, who work to help conserve the decorative and fine arts in their local area.

This Award initially recognised one individual NADFAS volunteer. However, due to the impressive nominations received, the Awards have now expanded to recognise one person from each of the four principal areas of volunteering: church recorders, heritage volunteers, church trails and young arts.

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

The 2016 winners are Jill Donnelly, Anne Haward, Michael and Nonie Brasier-Creagh, John Day

Young Arts - Jill Donnelly
In partnership with Hinchingbrooke Hospital and 15 local primary schools, Jill has established displays of children’s artwork along the hospital walls and organised matched funding and social events to thank the young artists and recognise the work done in schools. During her professional life as a Consultant Paediatrician, Jill explored art and music as a mean of communication with vulnerable children, some with delayed language development and volunteering with NADFAS has offered her the opportunity to further this interest. Jill has also encouraged more secondary schools to submit work for the RBA/NADFAS competition and in 2015, 14 pieces were submitted, one of which is now being hung in the Mall Galleries. She has also joined forces with CAYAC (Cambridgeshire Area Young Artists Competition) and increased the number of schools participating from 4 to 28, supplying 94 items which were displayed alongside adult artwork.

Church Recorder - Anne Haward
Anne was Essex Church Recording Area Representative from 1992 until 2000 and subsequently became a member of the National Church Recording Team, while continuing to provide support to her area successor. She has been particularly involved in the leadership of the Felsted and Brentwood groups, as well as a number of others across Essex and nationwide. In her time as the President of the Felsted group, Anne organised and funded several ‘President Events’ in the summer and has also served as a NADFAS lecturer on the History of the Anglican Church. Anne is particularly well known in the area for her classical background, which has enabled her lead study days on lettering in and translating Latin and Old French inscriptions. In 2004, she published a guide to Latin in churches which is widely used by church recorders.

A Highly Commended winner was also recognised in this category:
Barbara Naylor was named as a Highly Commended winner for her ten years of service to church recording and in recognition of her current post as the Church Recording Area Representative for West Surrey.
Barbara has run many training sessions for the group of church recorders of The Royal Chapel in Windsor Great Park. She ensures that all of the recording is done to a very high standard and works tirelessly and patiently to ensure that such a standard is maintained throughout all her area projects.

Heritage Volunteers - Michael and Nonie Brasier-Creagh and John Day
Michael Brasier-Creagh has been a member of the Book Conservation Team for almost 20 years, giving his time in a variety of different roles. Michael was the Society projectionist for the original slide lectures and oversaw the change to digital equipment, giving a large amount of his time to mastering how to use the equipment in a professional way. He was also a committee member for 13 years and, along with his wife Nonie, was regularly on hand to help at Study Days and New Members’ Receptions. Michael also led for the society on a collaborative project to catalogue the records of the former Blackburn Orphanage in order to establish how historic attitudes to life in the Orphanage compared to the attitudes held by those in Care now. Michael took responsibility for how the group costed and carried out the initial cataloguing and categorising of records so they could be fed in to the statistical analysis. Nonie Brasier-Creagh ran the society’s Young Arts activities for ten years and has been a Church Recorder and Book Conservation Team member for over 10 years. She has also been the Church Trail Team’s artist for six years.

John Day joined the Book Conservation Team at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall ten years ago at the age of 80. Upon joining the team, his skill in technical design was immediately recognised and he began making “customised internal and external bookshoes” which are supports for the safe storage of fragile and delicate books and ledgers. His design is now included as a recommended technique in the NADFAS Book Conservation Training Programme. His skills have been used to great advantage over the last ten years, ensuring the safe storage of valuable and much used reference books and documents, thus providing a considerable financial saving for the museum.

Pictured above: Charles Micklewright (MCT Trustee) and Kate Siebert (NADFAS Trustee) with the individual award winners


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