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Compton Verney volunteer team bags a brace of awards!

Compton Verney volunteer team bags a brace of awards!

The expertise of Compton Verney’s team of devoted volunteers has seen the cultural attraction triumph in this year’s West Midlands Museum Development Volunteer Awards during a ceremony at the Birmingham Hippodrome (11 September).

Compton Verney won in two categories; the Museum Champion Team Award, for its Forest School Volunteers, and the prestigious overall Judges’ Award.

Emily Medcraft, Compton Verney’s Visitor Experience Manager said: This is a magnificent achievement that demonstrates not only how important our wonderful volunteers are to our operation, but also how the general awareness and recognition of the crucial importance of volunteers’ contributions to our sector is spreading. Without our volunteers’ invaluable expertise, enthusiasm and commitment, we would simply not be able to do half of the things we currently do. I would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all our splendid volunteers!”

In the Museum Champion Team and Judges Award for Excellence category the judges felt that Compton Verney’s team deserved to win because they had collectively utilised their varied life and professional skills to add an extra dimension to what the gallery offers to its many thousands of visitors.

The panel noted: “Without their support these activities wouldn’t happen, they work in all weathers, encouraging the next generation to become the audience of the future.”

Compton Verney was also finalists in a number of other categories – Warmest Welcome (Shuttle Drivers), Against the Odds (Paul Moss) and Collections (Ryan Young).

Compton Verney’s Chief Executive, Professor Steven Parissien said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that all the excellent work our wonderful and dedicated team of volunteers deliver as part of the visitor experience has been recognised in such a way. This is a terrific, collective pat on the back for them and every one of them should take individual pride and satisfaction that their efforts have been recognised with these two respected awards.”