Volunteer Awards 2015

2015 Awards - Award Ceremony at Discovery Museum

Congratulations to all of the Winners and Highly Commended volunteers!

Every year, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums hosts the North East Regional Volunteer Awards - an event at which we celebrate the amazing work done by volunteers at venues across the region. The standard of nominations this year was very high, particularly in the Volunteer team category, and the judges noted how difficult it was to select a winner! The awards ceremony took place on 28 November 2015 at Discovery Museum, at which the winners, highly commended volunteers and the staff who nominated them had the chance to listen to all of the outstanding work that has taken place over the year, as well as have a chat over sandwiches and cake!

The awards this year were judged by staff who had previously won the Contribuiton to the Support of Volunteers Award, as well as an external judge, Stuart Frost from the British Museum.

​2015 Winners and Highly Commended

Contribution to Collections Care

Winner: Rosemary Zakrzewski, Museum of Archaeology

Highly Commended: Vicky Wakelam, Corbridge Roman Site


Volunteer Team Award

Winner: Victoria Tunnel Guides

Highly Commended: Beamish Town and Pit Life team

Durham Castle Team




Outstanding Contribution from a Young Volunteer under 25

Winner: Jack Walton, Discovery Museum Boxes of Delight

Highly Commended: Shannon O’Neill, Head of Steam, Darlington


Contribution to the Support of Volunteers (paid staff)

Winner: Robin Gibson, Stephenson Railway Museum

Highly Commended: Kylea Little, Discovery Museum


Contribution to the Visitor Experience

Winner: Aaron Moody, Seven Stories

Highly Commended: Paul Snaith, Head of Steam, Darlington


Contribution to Learning Programmes

Winner: Lillian Keily, Great North Museum


Special Award - Contribution to First World War programmes

Weeping Window Poppies exhibition team, Woodhorn

Our aim for our volunteers is for each person to feel like a valued part of the team they are working with, and to feel like the work they are doing really makes a difference to their museum, gallery or heritage site. By nominating volunteers, it is clear that staff from right across the region understand the value a volunteer can have. Congratulations once again to everyone who was nominated - we hope to hear more fantastic stories from all of your venues again next year!