The people at The West Midlands Museum Development are holding their volunteer awards for 2019, which are now open. Here’s some information from them about the awards and how you can make a nomination.
The work of the many dedicated volunteers at more than 130 museums across the West Midlands is truly incredible and we want to tell the world about it – with your help!
We are proud to announce our West Midlands Volunteer Awards are being held again this year and nominations are now open! We want as many people as possible to get involved and nominate their star volunteers so we can make the 2019 awards bigger and better than ever.
The awards are open to any individual or group who volunteer within an Accredited Museum, or Working Towards, located in Birmingham, the Black Country, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
Winners must be nominated by a third person who may be a colleague, friend, visitor or family member and those nominations are now needed so a shortlist can be drawn up ahead of the awards being presented at a special event in September.
It is important to recognise the hard work and dedication of all those volunteers who give freely of their time to ensure their museums thrive in order to provide the ultimate visitor experience.
We want your nominations in five categories – four of which are decided by you, Individual, Young Person, Group and Project. The fifth category, the Excellence Award will be the Judges Award for the overall winner.
The first two categories recognise outstanding contribution by an individual, 26 years or over and young person 25 years or under, who have given time and commitment to a museum, art gallery or heritage site.
The Group award will go to a team, that’s a minimum of two people, whose work has had a meaningful impact on a museum, art gallery or heritage site, while the Project category focuses on an outstanding project which has made a positive contribution to a museum, art gallery or heritage site.
Previous winners and finalists are eligible for nomination and nominators can enter their nominee into more than one category. Nominations will close on July 22 and the shortlist will be announced on August 1, with the awards being held on September 11 at the Birmingham Hippodrome. All shortlisted nominees and their nominators will be invited to the awards ceremony.
The awards are a great way to say thank you to all those volunteers who contribute so much every day and we are hoping for a strong response to our call to vote. (Nominations are now closed.)