Marsh Trust Award

Congratulations to Joan and Fiona

Volunteering costume store

The British Museum and the Marsh Christian Trust recently announced the winners of their Volunteer Awards in September, which celebrate the work and achievements of museum volunteers. Each regional winner receives a prize of £500.

Staff in the Volunteering department at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums were delighted to discover that two of our volunteers, Joan Milne and Fiona Southern, won the award for the North East region. Joan and Fiona were nominated for their fantastic work in the costume stores at Discovery Museum, in improving the storage, conservation and documentation of the collection, supporting the development of exhibitions where costume is included, and delivering tours of the stores for adult learning groups. You can see them hard at work in the picture at the top of this page.

On the 28 September 2015, staff from the volunteering department travelled to London to the British Museum for the award presentation. This was a perfect opportunity to congratulate Joan and Fiona and to celebrate the amazing work carried out by volunteers across the UK.

Joanna Mackle, Deputy Director of the British Museum said “Museums large and small are reliant on the contribution volunteers make to ensure the smooth and successful running of their organisation. The Marsh Awards recognise the vital work that volunteers do in museums across the country and we are very grateful to the Marsh Christian Trust for acknowledging this work.”