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George Marshall Medical Museum


The winners have been revealed in the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust’s inaugural volunteer award scheme for museums in the West Midlands at an inspirational ceremony at Birmingham’s Hippodrome Theatre.

The Volunteer Awards, part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums’ West Midlands Museum Development Programme, which is funded by Arts Council England, were created to recognise and reward the invaluable role and significant contribution made by volunteers to museums in the region.

Volunteers generously give their time, amounting to thousands of hours of support per year and are credited as being the life blood of many museums. They bring energy, enthusiasm and expertise to all areas of museum life and the awards were a chance for everyone to hear their stories and to acknowledge and celebrate their achievements

Tonight, the winners were revealed in each of the nine categories and they are:

‘Above & Beyond’ category – Muriel Clayson from Tudor House Museum, The Infirmary Museum and George Marshall Medical Museum, Worcestershire. Muriel was described by judges as being dedicated, passionate and able to enthrall visitors with her stories

‘The Project Award’ – Heritage Water Park Team from The Waterworks Museum, Herefordshire won this award because of their huge commitment and dedication to bring the project to life

‘Spreading the Word’ category – Arty Tots from St John’s House Museum, Warwickshire were chosen because their scheme was extremely innovative and brought a tangible benefit to the museum and the community

‘Working Together’ category – Faith in Birmingham Working Group from Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham won this award because the judges felt they had a great collaborative approach in response to a specific challenge

‘Audiences’ award – the Volunteer Team from the Carpet Museum, Worcestershire picked up the award because they ensure that excellent customer service underpins everything that they do and they clearly value their visitors


‘Collections’ award – Royal Leamington Spa Decorative & Fine Arts Society from Leamington Spa Museum & Art Gallery, Warwickshire were successful in this category because of the breadth of work undertaken was commendable and they utilised different skills from different volunteers

‘Resilience’ award – Margaret Thompson from the Back to Backs, Birmingham was chosen in this category because of her high self-motivation, generation of new income streams and the great impact that had on the museum

‘Young People’ award – Adam Sutcliffe-Brown from the Newman Brothers at the Coffin Works picked up this award because he brought his own personal experience into the museum and made a real change and opened the museum up to a wider audience

‘Young People’ award (Highly Commended) – Thomas Corbett from the Shropshire Regimental Museum, Shropshire was felt worthy of recognition by the Judges because of his boundless amounts of infectious energy and for coming up with ideas to representing the museum in a different way

‘Outstanding Award for Excellence’ - Adam Sutcliffe-Brown from the Newman Brothers at the Coffin Works was honoured with this award for his overall extraordinary contribution to volunteering

Karen Davies, West Midlands Museum Development Programme Manager, said: “We were delighted to have received such high quality nominations for the first West Midlands Volunteer Awards. The judging panel certainly had a hard task to select the winners.”

Tonight’s ceremony, hosted by broadcast journalist Sarah Falkland, featured a host of diverse entertainment from Sorrow Social, Impropera and Eternal Taal and attendees were treated to a feast of delicious food and drink.

The awards are part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust’s Major Partner Museum and West Midlands Museum Development programmes and are funded by Arts Council England.