5 Jun 2015

Happy Volunteers Week!

Volunteers Week is always one of my favourite weeks of the year and 2015 was no different. Any week dedicated to celebrating the fantastic work that volunteers do is a winner in my books.

As with any week, our volunteers have been busy as ever; we’ve had Emma our Collections Assistant working on our human remains collection.

Emma working with the human remains collection

Sheila and Carol have been busy repacking our culture textiles over at the MCC.

Sheila and Carol repacking textiles

Our Conservation Club were out at Weoley Castle giving the Castle Walls some TLC.

Conservation Club at Weoley Castle

And so many more people have been helping us! Our Industrial Heritage Interpreters at Thinktank, our Gallery Interpreters at BMAG and our teams across the heritage sites to name just a few others.

Every volunteers week we like to say a big thank you to everyone generous enough to give their time to us by throwing our Summer Thank You Picnic. Thankfully the weather was wonderful! We also take this time to announce our Volunteer of the Year award.

Volunteer picnic at Blakesley Hall

Every year all staff at BMT are able to nominate one of their team for the award and it’s always an incredibly difficult decision. This year was no different! We have such a fantastic team and that made choosing a winner much harder for myself and Janine Eason, Director of Engagement.

We are, however, thrilled to announce that this year our Volunteer of the Year is Helen Glenn. Helen has been volunteering as one of our Archaeological Finds Recording Assistants for over a year now and has recorded over 500 finds in that time. She has dedicated over 600 hours to her volunteering and has achieved so much for the Portable Antiquities Scheme. She is a key part of the team, an absolute pleasure to work with and a real talent! We are very lucky to have her! Congratulations and a huge thank you to Helen!

Helen the Archaeological Finds volunteer

On top of our own internal awards this year we also nominated a number of our team for the BVSC Birmingham Volunteer Awards which took place in the magnificent Aston Hall. Congratulations to Phil Mellanby and Gill Irish who were both Runners Up in their categories – Fundraising Volunteer of the Year and Long-term Volunteer of the year respectively.

The volunteer awards

I hope it goes without saying that we think all our volunteers are deserving of an award, so thank you to everyone who has volunteered with us this year, and happy Volunteers Week!

If you’re interested in joining the team take a look here for our current opportunities.