The Queen’s Award for museums’ volunteers
VOLUNTEERS from Spelthorne Museum and from Brooklands Museum were celebrating after receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the equivalent of an MBE for volunteers.
Spelthorne Museum volunteers spoke of their pride after hearing the news.
Spelthorne Museum was founded in Staines in 1980, and volunteers have run it ever since, with financial support from Spelthorne Borough Council.
Approximately 40 people are involved, the longestserving having been there since the museum opened.
Besides staffing the museum, the volunteers plan and mount exhibitions, at the museum and at external events. They also run familyfriendly events, provide an educational service for schools, host visits from community groups, publish books on local heritage, and answer queries from the public.
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Nick and Sue Pollard were invited to represent the group at a garden party at Buckingham Palace last month, in the presence of the Queen.
Julia Gibbs, chairman of Spelthorne Archaeology and Local History Group, which runs Spelthorne Museum, said: “We are tremendously proud to have been honoured in this way.
“It’s a real recognition of the countless hours of unpaid work that have been put in by our volunteers. We are very much focused on sharing the history and archaeology of the borough of Spelthorne, and we hope that members of the community will feel inspired to join us and carry on this fascinating and worthwhile work.”
Meanwhile, the director of Brooklands Museum was praising the ‘unfailing enthusiasm, knowledge and dedication’ of his volunteers.
Allan Winn acknowledged their vital role after news of them winning the award.
Brooklands Museum volunteers will receive the award from Lieutenant of this summer.
Mr Winn said: “The volunteers’ unfailing enthusiasm, knowledge and dedication are reflected in our visitor numbers – increasing year on year – and in the satisfaction shown by those visitors. It is true to say that without their involvement in every aspect of operations, Brooklands Museum could not exist in its present successful form.”
Mr Winn said more volunteers will be needed in the future, particularly with the completion of the £8 million Heritage Lottery-funded aircraft factory and race track the Surrey Lord later revival project next summer.
Museum volunteers cover a wide variety of roles, from stewarding and guiding to restoration of aircraft and vehicles, research, marshalling at events, painting and gardening.
More than 800 volunteers are registered at the Brooklands Road site, coming from every sector of the community and professional background. Anyone
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