The Marsh Trust Awards
In July 2013, the British Museum and the Marsh Christian Trust presented their fifth annual award for volunteers engaging museum audiences.
This exciting award recognises best practice and the innovative ways in which volunteers in museums and galleries engage the public with collections.
Over sixty museums and galleries entered this year and awards were presented to individuals and groups of volunteers from across the country.
For the first time, there were two joint overall national winners of the Marsh Volunteers for Museum Learning Award. These were Nathan Lightowler from the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland and Mrs Erene Grieve from the British Postal Museum and Archive in London.
Each regional winner receives £500. The overall winner chosen from the regional winners also receives an additional £2000. This year, due to the extremely high standard of applicants, the latter prize was shared by the joint winners.
The Marsh Christian Trust also made a special posthumous award to British Museum volunteer Gordon Howes who passed away in March 2013. The award recognised his exceptional contribution to volunteering over a period of 17 years and was presented to his family.
All winners receive a certificate. Prizes are presented at a ceremony at the British Museum.
Joint National Winner: Nathan Lightowler from the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland
Joint National Winner: Erene Grieve from the British Postal Museum and Archive in London.