Volunteers given award for exhibit

Woodhorn volunteers with museum director Keith Merrin.
Woodhorn volunteers with museum director Keith Merrin.

Volunteers who worked on a special First World War exhibition in the county have been honoured with a special award.

People who volunteer in museums across the north east were recognised for their contributions at an awards ceremony at Newcastle’s Discovery Museum.

This year’s ceremony included a special award category recognising volunteers’ contributions to First World War programmes in museums, which was won by volunteers at Woodhorn Museum who worked on the Weeping Window Poppies exhibition. Woodhorn director Keith Merrin said: “Forty seven fabulous volunteers were involved with various aspects of the Weeping Window Poppies exhibition, from helping with the preparations for the installation and providing help and guidance to would-be family researchers, to dedicatedly stewarding the sculpture and assisting visitors.

“They have been an incredible team, and an invaluable part of the success and smooth running of the event, contributing hugely to the visitor experience by providing knowledge, information, practical help and support, and a listening ear.

“This team has had an undeniably positive impact on the cultural organisation at Woodhorn, and the award is a fine tribute to their amazing contribution.”

Volunteers and staff in museums across the north east nominated their peers who they felt deserved recognition either for their volunteering or for their work in supporting volunteers in museums.

The North East Museum Volunteer Awards is managed by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.