Marsh Volunteers for Museum Learning Award

2011 - Sue Clark - National Winner

Sue Clark (pictured right) has spent the past 5 years raising the profile and improving understanding of the costume, textile, hat and headwear collections at Wardown Park Museum in Luton. She enthrals visitors to the museum with her knowledge of these important collections and also runs study days during which she is able to explain the making of samplers and the hidden stories behind many of those in the collection. Sue has also been instrumental in acquiring an important hat collection for the museum, which has seen the number of millinery and hat design students to the museum rise significantly. She leaves visitors enthusiastic and fascinated in objects they did not know they were interested in before they came.

Regional winners 2012

South East England - Pauline Price from HMS Warrior. She has been volunteering for over 10 years and has made an enormous contribution to the ship.

London - Colin Jackson and Martha Snooks from the Ragged School Museum. They received this award for their contribution to the schools and holiday programmes.

South West England - Liz Harman from Penlee House Gallary and Museum. She is a volunteer costumed interpreter and is a key figure in the education programme.

East of England – Sue Clark from Wardown Park Museum in Luton (National Winner)

East Midlands – The Friends of Jewry Wall Museum. The volunteers have been raising the profile of the museum since 2004 and they run open days with activities and demonstrations for the young and old.

West Midlands - Ron Hawkins, Sue Vaughan, William Rollinson, Wendy Tipper, Paul Robertson and Carol Kendrick from Walsall Leather Museum. All the volunteers worked in the Walsall leather trade and now share their experiences and expertise at the Museum.

Yorkshire – The Formal Education Team from Ripon Museum Trust. The Ripon Museum Trust is made up of three small museums. The team of education volunteers deliver immersive experiential days for primary school children with everyone in costume for a hands on approach to history.

North West - Art Bites group from Manchester City Art Gallery. The volunteer group run discussion sessions about various pieces of art and encourage visitors to be drawn into the lively discussions.

North East – The Volunteers of Ryhope Engines Museum. The volunteers at this museum are involved in everything from hosting car rallys and craft fairs, to providing a café service and training young people, passing on heritage skills to the next generation.

Scotland - Jan Rogers, Anna Geddes, John Coleman and Gordon Rennie from Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre. The volunteers run workshops with visitors on everything from weaponry to the 18th century doctor’s surgery. They bring great levels of enthusiasm to the visitor centre at the battlefield.

Pictured above: Sue Clark with hat collection at Wardown Park Museum


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