Cleveland Pools Trust wins prestigious Marsh ‘Volunteers for Museum Learning’ Award

The Interpretation Volunteers at Cleveland Pools Trust, Bath are the National Winners of the prestigious 2020 Marsh Volunteer Awards, which celebrate the work and achievements of museum volunteers across the UK. After winning the South West category, the Trust and its volunteers were thrilled to go on and win the National award at a smart ceremony at the British Museum in London.

The British Museum and the Marsh Charitable Trust work in partnership for the ‘Volunteers for Museum Learning’ award which recognises the hugely important contribution that volunteers make to help museums engage with their visitors. Celebrating the time volunteers have given in the previous year is particularly pertinent as teams and individuals continued to provide support throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. The award forms part of a programme of awards presented by the Marsh Charitable Trust in the fields of science, ecology, conservation, heritage, literature and volunteering and is managed in association with key partners including the Zoological Society of London, English Heritage, Barnardo’s, the Refugee Council and the British Museum.

Their work was particularly commended for its playful tone. The ‘less facts, more splash’ approach, coined by a volunteer, was highly praised by the head judge.

Muriel Gray, Deputy Chair of the Trustees at the British Museum said “Museums across the UK are grateful for the contribution of volunteers to ensure their collections reach and inspire as many people as possible. The efforts of volunteers up and down the country in 2020 are an inspiration as they gave their time throughout the challenges of multiple lockdowns and museum closures due to the pandemic. The Marsh Volunteer Awards recognise the commitment and enthusiasm of volunteers in museums and we are very grateful to the Marsh Charitable Trust for acknowledging this work.”

The winners will each receive a cash prize of £500, donated by the Marsh Charitable Trust. The one overall national winner receives an additional £2,000.