Marsh Volunteers for Museum Learning Award

2009 - Del Elliot - National Museum of Wales

Del volunteers at the National Museum Wales 3 days a week in the Origins gallery, which is the archaeology gallery. He facilitates informal handling sessions where the visitors can handle a range of objects from pre-history, including a 250,000 year old hand axe. Del’s real skill is that he can inspire a sense of ‘wonder’ in visitors of all ages and backgrounds. He is very good in communicating the enthusiasm that he feels himself and inspiring others. Staff at the museum have commented on how Del has helped to raise public awareness of the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) and other archaeological issues. Del succeeds in inspiring visitors and makes learning more accessible, powerful and memorable. On the visitor comments book in the gallery, Del is the only person to be mentioned by name. One visitor said ‘The volunteer talking about and handling stone age tool was fantastic. He made our visit’. A young visitor wrote ‘….that man who showed us the cup and axes, he woz nice’.

2010 Regional Winners
Scotland - Jamie Allan Brown - Glasgow Museums
North East England - The Modern Times Volunteers - Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
East Midlands - Jackie Goodall - Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum in Lincolnshire
West Midlands - Sandra Parsons - Nature in Art, Wallsworth Hall, Gloucester
Wales - Del Elliot - National Museum of Wales
East of England - Ron Fletcher - Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton
South West of England - Linda Harrison and team of 10 volunteers - SS Great Britain
London - Tom Palser - Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons
North West of England - Community Outreach Volunteers - Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery
South East of England - Judy Hewins - Old Kiln Museum Trust, Farnham, Surrey


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