Marsh Volunteers for Museum Learning Award

2014 - Brewhouse Yard Museum Volunteers – Museum of Nottingham Life

The Museum of Nottingham Life Depicts the social history of Nottingham over the last 300 years. The site was closed to the public in 2012 due to the hard financial climate and was only open for group visits. However, with the efforts of a dedicated team of volunteers, the museum has not only reopened to the public but has been transformed into an engaging and interactive space for visitors of all ages.

The group of volunteers has taken on a whole range of tasks. They provide information and assistance to visitors to enhance their experience, as well as family friendly activities. They have developed the gardens and outdoor space of the museum, promoting health, wellbeing and community involvement. Volunteers have also developed the Rock Cottage School, taking on the roles of Victorian historical characters and allowing visitors to experience what a Victorian schoolroom would be like.

With the support of the volunteers the Museum has hosted greater events than ever before. The volunteers ran Nottingham Light Night, an annual festival of light, where they delivered a variety of activities to the public. They also ran the 1940s Knees Up event, where volunteers in costume took visitors back to the WWII period.
In 2014 the Museum of Nottingham Life was awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence based on visitors’ reviews, which is testament to the great value that volunteers add to the Museum. They are an exceptional group of volunteers who have been instrumental to the development of the Museum and allowing the public to experience its benefits. We are delighted that they have been selected as the National winners of 2014 Award.

The 2014 Regional Winners were:

•Scotland – Bob Shanks at The Highlanders Museum, near Inverness.
•Northern Ireland – Paul McAlorum & Stephen Doyle at The Naughton Gallery, Queens University, Belfast
•North East – Costume & Textile Volunteers Joan Milne & Fiona Southern, Discovery Museum, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
•North West Region – Edmund Gardner Volunteer Tour Guide Team at the Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool
•Yorkshire – The Education Volunteers at The Bronte Parsonage, Haworth
•East Midlands – Brewhouse Yard Museum Volunteers at the Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard, Nottingham
•West Midlands – The ‘Arty Tots Team’, Market Hall Museum, Warwick
•Wales – Megan Rees at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
•East England – Ian Reed at the East Anglian Railway Museum, Colchester.
•London – [Joint Winners] – Still House Volunteers, Ham House & Exhibition Volunteers Team at The Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House Piccadilly
•South East England – STEM Learning Volunteers at the Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth
•South West Region – Archive & Library Volunteers at the Wiltshire Museum, Devizes

Top - The Brewhouse Yard Museum Volunteers
Middle - STEM Learning Volunteers at the Mary Rose Museum
Below - Volunteers at the East Anglian Railway Museum


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