The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust have launched a brand-new volunteer award scheme for museums in the West Midlands, through their West Midlands Museum Development Programme, which is funded by Arts Council England.
The Volunteer Awards have been created to recognise and reward the invaluable role and significant contribution made by volunteers to museums in the region. Volunteers are widely credited with being the life blood of many museums, generously giving their time, amounting to 1000’s of hours of support per year. They bring energy, enthusiasm and expertise to all areas of museum life and the awards are a chance for everyone to hear their stories and to acknowledge and celebrate their achievements.
Karen Davies, West Midlands Museum Development Programme Manager, said: “We are delighted to have received such high quality nominations for the first West Midlands Volunteer Awards. Volunteers are the backbone of many museums and it is fitting that their contribution is being acknowledged through the Awards. The judging panel certainly had a hard task to select the winners.”
Nominees from across the West Midlands region have been shortlisted for the prestigious awards in categories such as ‘Working Together’, ‘Spreading the Word’ and ‘Above and Beyond’. Birmingham leads the charge with a total of 14 shortlisted nominees followed by Warwickshire with 5 nominees; Shropshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire with four each; the Black Country has two volunteers on the shortlist and Herefordshire has one.
The winners of each category will be announced at an inspiring awards ceremony at the Birmingham Hippodrome on Thursday 15 September, hosted by broadcast journalist, Sarah Falkland. Guests at the ticket-only event will enjoy a host of diverse entertainment and delicious local food and drink. The Ceremony kicks-off at 6pm in the Patrick Centre at the Hippodrome Theatre.
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.