1 Jun 2020

Volunteers’ Week 2020

Each year at Birmingham Museums Trust we are supported by an amazing team of volunteers. They help us to welcome visitors to our nine unique museums and historic properties and to care for our collections, our buildings and our outdoor spaces too. This brilliant team assist with family activities, work with our collections team, support conservation work, advise us, help us engage with our communities, support our curators, garden and help us with lots of other projects too.

Group of volunteers waving outside of Blakesley Hall

From the 1st – 7th June each year we celebrate all of this amazing work through national Volunteers Week, as some of you may know this is the week of the year when we normally hold our Volunteer Summer Picnic, award our Volunteer of the Year and make a big noise about all the brilliant work our volunteers do to support us.

Volunteer picnic (2019)

This year is a little different but for us it is even more important than ever that this week we thank our volunteer team and acknowledge all the work they have done over the last year to support us, and the work they continue to do to help for us from home during this time.

Online volunteering: group of volunteers keeping in touch via a video call

As we can’t say thank you in person this week, our celebrations have gone digital. You can hear from some of our wonderful volunteers here at Birmingham Museums via a series of volunteering blog posts, you can follow @BMTVolunteering on Twitter for daily tweets about our volunteers and their incredible work and we will be taking part in #WaveForVolunteers on our social media channels too.

Becky Benson waving for volunteers

Our first ever virtual Volunteers’ Week Quiz with some of our team will also be held on Wednesday (we will be sure to let you know how that goes!) and a number of us are attending the Heritage Volunteering Group Volunteers’ Week Celebration  on Saturday to celebrate all the amazing things volunteers do across our sector. 

All in all, it is certainly going to be a very different Volunteers’ Week for everyone this year, but one thing is vitally important for us and that is that we would like to say a huge thank you to all our volunteer team. Thank you for choosing to volunteer with us, for your continued support and for being such a huge and important part of the Birmingham Museums family.