Older volunteers highly commended at the Museums and Heritage Awards

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National Museums Liverpool’s older volunteers received recognition at the Museums and Heritage Awards in London last month.

Liverpool Women’s History Group volunteers have been presenting their workshop for school children Living with the Forties for more than three decades at Merseyside Maritime Museum, having presented an earlier version at the Central Library on William Brown Street. The group were “Highly Commended” in the Volunteer Team of the Year category.

Pictured above left to right is: Lily, Women’s History Group volunteer, Joanne Connor, Education Manager at National Museums Liverpool, and Barbara, Women’s History Group volunteer.

Jo Connor, Education Manager at Merseyside Maritime Museum, said: “Generations of primary school children have learned about life for women and children on the home front during the Second World War, directly from those who lived through it. It was important to the volunteers that those voices and experiences reach new generations. They also tell me that it’s great for their wellbeing too.”

Carl Clee, who has volunteered with National Museums Liverpool’s World Museum for 28 years, was “Highly Commended” in the Volunteer of the Year category. A self-taught expert on solitary bees, his passion for promoting bee conservation and his significant contribution to the output of our Entomology section was formally recognised in 1994, when Carl was made an Honorary Curator.

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Pictured L-R: Steve Judd, Senior Curator (Entomology), World Museum, and Carl Clee holding his “Highly Commended” award.

David Attenborough received a Special Recognition Award and spoke to attendees via a pre-recorded video: “I’m truly delighted by this award. Museums are among my favourite places. I have been involved with them for most of my life, one way or another, and I have never known them actually not being under attack and under-funded. So, if I have contributed to one museum or any other museum in preserving those ideals that are so important to all of us, I’m very grateful indeed that you should think so.”

We had a wonderful evening at the awards, as HOP was shortlisted for Limited Budget project category. Although we did not bring home an award we are delighted to have been shortlisted among some of the most innovative and ground-breaking initiatives from museums, galleries and heritage visitor attractions across the UK.

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