1 Jun 2017

Happy Volunteers Week 2017!

From the 1st June to the 7th June it is National Volunteers’ Week; that time of the year when we really celebrate the wonderful work of all our volunteers and say a massive thank you for their time and dedication.

Our team get up to all sorts of fun things from working behind the scenes with our collections to gardening and from engaging visitors at our sites to supporting new projects and we wanted to get some of them to tell you all about it! So this week we have three new blogs coming up meaning you can hear from Sajida about volunteering at Thinktank, learn about Allan’s experience volunteering as a Miller at Sarehole Mill and discover what it’s like volunteering with our Curator’s from Claire.

Volunteers’ Week will be action packed at Birmingham Museums as we are heading to a volunteer recruitment event at Changes UK at the start of the week, holding our annual Summer Picnic for all volunteers at Blakesley Hall in the middle of the week and hosting the Birmingham Voluntary Services Council (BVSC) Volunteer Awards at Soho House at the end of the week. It was a pleasure to be asked to be a judge for these awards; I read so many amazing and inspiring stories of volunteering across Birmingham! What an amazing city Birmingham is full of people so generous with their time.

Volunteer picnic at Blakesley Hall

This is also the week to announce our own Volunteer of the Year for 2017. Each year staff at Birmingham Museums are invited to nominate one of their team for this award and it is always such a hard decision. Janine Eason, Director of Engagement, was amazed at all the wonderful nominations that we received. But this year we have the pleasure in announcing our Volunteer of the Year for 2017 is Mike Byrne who volunteers as a Marketing Assistant. Volunteering for over 10 years with the Trust, Mike supports our Marketing team and has also gone on to support our Natural Science Curator for the last year too. Congratulations to Mike and a huge thank you from Birmingham Museums for all your hard work and dedication to volunteering!

Mike receiving his ten year service award

As it was such a hard decision we also have the honour of announcing our 2017 runners up and this year they are Shirley Evans and Pat Coyle for their amazing work volunteering at Blakesley Hall and the Silver Project Conservation Team based at the Museum Collection Centre and made up of Rob Hemphill, Sue McGlen and Corinne Neville. Congratulations guys and thanks for all your time.

Volunteers Shirley & Pat

Silver Project Conservation Team Volunteers

We are ever so lucky with our amazing volunteer team across Birmingham Museums, thanks so much to each and every one of them.

If you are interested in volunteering for Birmingham Museums then take a look at the current volunteering opportunities we have available across all our sites.