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By West Midlands Museum Development / Posted on Friday 8th September 2017

Meet Out Finalists – Spreading the Word

With just over a week to go until our winners are announced we are ‘spreading the word’ about all of this years fantastic nominees.  Today is the turn of the finalists in the ‘Spreading the Word’ category…

Community Action Panel (CAP), Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

“CAP is made up of 20 community representatives from diverse cultures and backgrounds.”cap-3

“Our CAP volunteers are an incredibly enthusiastic, dedicated and passionate bunch of individuals who work so very hard to get involved in shaping the future of Birmingham’s museums. The team come from a diverse range of backgrounds including education, social services, charities and the arts and all have a strong link with local communities enabling them to play an important advocacy and feedback role for Birmingham Museums Trust.”

“Over the last 15 years CAP have been involved with numerous museum activities across all of the Trust’s sites including work on exhibition design and content, evaluation work and signage. They formed a crucial part of the team that worked on the Birmingham History Galleries redevelopment at the Museum & Art Gallery, making sure that Birmingham’s people had a voice in the gallery, and were fundamental in the Staffordshire Hoard Galley project offering advice on all aspects of the development of the space including text panels, access for wheelchair users and use of images.”

“Current projects that the team are busy working on in 2017 include feeding into a Museums Association funded Changemakers project which looks at new methods of co-production for gallery design and explores new ways of working with the Birmingham community. They are also busy supporting the new Mini Brum science gallery for under-8s at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum, which will provide a new space for younger visitors and really engage them with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. The team always go one step further to support the Trust, using their contacts and knowledge of the local community to offer advice and guidance to the organisation pushing us forward to develop, change and grow.” [Nominated by Rebecca Fletcher, Birmingham Museums Trust]

Sue Grosvenor, Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park

“Sue is a founder member of our Volunteering team and has been with us for many years. She always arrives with a smile on her face and a willingness to do anythingsue-compton-verney asked of her.”

“Her dedication to our charity continues beyond the gates as she frequently distributes leaflets and posters on our behalf. Also, there is rarely a day when she doesn’t arrive with a newspaper cutting, leaflet or article with a useful link or contact to follow-up.”

“She is always seeking out new places to display Compton Verney Marketing material and regularly engages in conversation with potential visitors to our site.”

“Sue is a highly valued member of our team and a wonderful ambassador for our organisation.” [Nominated by Emily Medcraft and Susan Watt, Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park]

Market Hall Museum Volunteer Visitor Service Team, Market Hall Museum

“In February 2017, Warwick’s Market Hall Museum reopened to visitors after a £1.5 million modernisation and refurbishment project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.”

“The reopening was a golden opportunity to involve volunteers throughout the museum”

“15 volunteers help throughout the Museum where they: introduce the gallery exhibitions to visitors (including the museum beehive); share and demonstrate artefacts from the handling collections; greet visitors at front of house; help in the café and shop (where they share our passion for locally sourced food and gifts); run events and activities such as the monthly Make and Create for families; make sure that visitors know what there is to see and do and take visitor feedback; and promote our fundraising – resulting in a marked increase in donations to our collection boxes.”

“We have volunteers who speak fluent French, German, Turkish, Bengali and Sign Supported English and love the opportunity to welcome visitors in these languages.”

“They have attended in-house courses such as customer service and disability awareness, had visits to the Museum Service Collections Centre, met the Museum beekeeper and joined staff on a VocalEyes course to enable them to better assist visitors with visual disabilities.”

“The volunteer team have been making many other things possible too. Patrick and Louise were on hand to help a group of ‘Instagrammers’ who held their ‘Meet-up’ at Market Hall one Sunday, Chrissie helped with the Open Studios weekend when local artists showcased their talents”

“Market Hall Museum has been open now for 6 months and our volunteers have devised plans for many new projects including; helping with research, collecting memories for Our Warwickshire, specialist interest tours and talks, sharing the Music Memory boxes with older visitors, and tactile tours.” [Nominated by Sarah Hann, Heritage and Culture Warwickshire]

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