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Excellence in museums volunteering recognised in the North East

  • Date: 26 November 2012
  • Area: North
Emily Meritt accepts her award for 'Oustanding Contribution from a Young Volunteer' at Discovery Museum, Newcastle

Emily Meritt accepts her award for 'Oustanding Contribution from a Young Volunteer' at Discovery Museum, Newcastle. Credit: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

Some of the best and most dedicated museum volunteers have been recognised for their achievements at the North East Museum Volunteer Awards 2012. A total of 11 awards were given – to groups and individuals who have all dedicated their time and effort to improve museums across the region in the last year.

Awards ranged from ‘Outstanding Achievement by a Volunteer Run Museum’, which went to Bailiffgate Museum in Alnwick; to ‘Outstanding Contribution from a Young Volunteer’, which was given to Emily Meritt for her work at Discovery Museum and Marc Reed for volunteering at Beamish Museum.

Hosted by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums - one of our new Major partner museums, the awards not only allow the region’s museum sector to acknowledge the contributions volunteers make, but they also recognise the benefits that volunteering has for those that get involved.  

Emily Meritt, Outstanding Young Volunteer 2012 said: ‘It's fantastic to have the work I've been doing at TWAM recognised. The opportunity to volunteer at Discovery Museum has been so beneficial to my own development and learning. Volunteering has helped me learn new skills and also realise strengths I already have as a photographer.’ 

Lucy Cooke, Volunteer Programmes Co-ordinator, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, said: ‘Volunteers make a vital contribution to museums in the North East and these awards recognise that. They donate their enthusiasm, hard work and time – more than 2000 volunteers contribute more than 80,000 hours across the museum sector in the North East every year. A staggering contribution!'

Alison Clark-Jenkins, Regional Director, Arts Council England said: ‘The North East Museum Volunteer Awards are a brilliant way to shine a spotlight on some of the unsung heroes of the museum sector in the North East. Volunteering doesn’t just benefit the organisation which is receiving someone’s time, attention and hard work, but it’s another extremely rewarding way for the public to engage with culture and heritage, and to develop as people. These awards highlight the important role museums play in our society, on many levels’.

Links and further information

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Arts Council England, North East

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums along with the Beamish and Bowes Museums are the Arts Council’s two Major partner museums in the North East. For more information about our work with museums click here.