To celebrate the work of volunteers across the heritage sector, AIM partnered with the Museums + Heritage Awards in late 2015 to launch a brand new category at this year’s awards – the Volunteers of the Year Award. The awards ceremony will take place on the evening of the 18 May as part of the scheduled events during the ever popular Museums + Heritage Show and nearly one hundred entries were received for this Award, making it by far the most popular and therefore competitive category at this year’s Awards.
“It’s really important for professionals working in the independent sector to have their hard work recognised and appreciated by peers,” explained Sara Bowen, the Event Manager for the M+ H Show. “It has an incredibly positive impact on stakeholders and funders, which should never be underestimated. The accolade is a huge morale boost for the teams involved.”
Tamalie Newbery, Executive Director of AIM said: “The Association of Independent Museums is partnering this award on behalf of all its members and the wider community of heritage organisations out there who are supported by an incredible number of volunteers every year. Many of these organisations could not exist without the dedication and commitment of these individuals and they deserve to be recognised and celebrated.”
AIM would like to congratulate those shortlisted for the Volunteers of the Year Award 2016:
Nigel Smart – Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust
Dr Robert (Bob) Shaw – Defford Airfield Heritage Group (supporter group) and the National Trust
RNLI Henry Blogg Museum volunteers – RNLI Henry Blogg Museum
Bobby Ogogo – Horniman Museum & Gardens
Volunteers & Friends Group – Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre, Chippenham Town Council
Robert (Bob) James, Glasgow Museums – Riverside Museum – Scotland’s Museum of Transport and Travel
Holocaust Survivors – National Holocaust Centre and Museum
You can find out more about the Museums + Heritage Awards and the various categories this year here: Museums + Heritage Awards
AIM will be attending the Museums + Heritage Show, so please pop along to our exhibition space to say hello or if you need any help.
We are also running a series of ‘Ask The Expert’ sessions Ask the Expert where we will be providing help and support on governance and future proofing.
AIM’s Executive Director, Tamalie Newbery, will also be giving a talk called Front of house: the frontline of museums’ futures from 9.50am on Thursday 19 May as part of the show’s Funding, Retail + Enterprise talk sessions.