The Queen’s Award for mu­se­ums’ vol­un­teers

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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.

A Young Club also mu­seum. Ar­chae­ol­o­gists meets at the

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

Spelthorne Mu­seum vol­un­teers. Brook­lands Mu­seum vol­un­teers.

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