Volunteers and staff at the Horniman have been recognised at the 2014 London Volunteers in Museums Awards.
Naomi Russell from Tunbridge Wells won the Developing in a Role Award and Jill Morley from Croydon was Highly Commended in the Going the Extra Mile category. Both Naomi and Jill volunteer at the Horniman’s Study Collection Centre.
Jayne Williams, the Horniman’s Volunteering Manager, was Highly Commended in the Supporting, Managing and Encouraging Others category. Ann Wallace, Louise Bascombe and Andrea Mountaine were runners-up in the Long Service, Special Youth and Bringing Innovation categories respectively.
Naomi, Jill and Jayne were presented with their awards at a ceremony which acknowledged the contribution of 86 nominees from 23 museums across London. The ceremony was held on Tuesday 16 September at the Jewish Museum in London.
‘I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every day I have volunteered for the Horniman. This is not only due to the fantastic collections I’ve worked with, but also the staff who show enthusiasm for their work, and inspire this in their volunteers too. The Horniman is extremely supportive of its volunteers and I always felt that my work was valued. I’m lucky to have been able to expand my knowledge and experience in many areas, and to learn a great deal about the work of the Horniman.’
‘Being nominated and having such nice words said about me was an award in itself, so to be Highly Commended is an honour. I enjoy my volunteer work and I love the Museum. I give my time, but I receive so much more in return. I have made friends and my work is appreciated. Thank you to all my Horniman friends and colleagues.’
‘It’s a privilege to work with such an amazing group of volunteers at an exciting and interesting venue, but it’s the icing on the cake to be recognised for doing something you love. Working with large numbers of volunteers in such a busy environment is challenging, but so rewarding and never boring, every day there is something new to learn.’
The annual London Volunteers in Museums Awards were established in 2009 to recognise and celebrate the work of the volunteers who support the capital’s huge range of museums.