Barley Hall Servants Scoop Prestigious Award
Volunteers who re-enact medieval servants’ lives as part of York’s Barley Hall experience have received the 2012 Volunteers for Museum Learning Award for Yorkshire from The British Museum and the Marsh Christian Trust.
York Archaeological Trust’s five Barley Hall volunteers offer living history days at the Trust’s medieval townhouse, showcasing serving life in the Hall.
The British Museum and the Marsh Christian Trust have been working in partnership for the fifth year on the ‘Volunteers for Museum Learning’ award, which recognises the hugely valuable contribution that volunteers make in helping museums engage with visitors.
The award forms part of a programme of acknowledgements presented by the Marsh Christian Trust in the fields of science, ecology, conservation, heritage, literature and volunteering. Each of the awards recognises individuals and organisations who devote their lives to improving the world today and the world in the future.
There were a large number of applications from across the UK, some from groups of volunteers and some from individuals. The judges comprised staff from the Marsh Trust, staff and volunteers from the British Museum and a representative from another museum. They said that ‘the team’s contributions to Barley Hall are exceptional, and deserve to be recognized.’ The winning teams each received a cash prize of £500, donated by the Marsh Christian Trust at a reception on Monday.
Joanna Mackle, Deputy Director of the British Museum, says, “Museums large and small are reliant on the contribution volunteers make to ensure the smooth and successful running of their organisations. The Marsh Awards recognise the vital work that volunteers do in museums across the country and we are very grateful to the Marsh Christian Trust for acknowledging this work.”
Helen Harris, Volunteer and Placement Coordinator at York Archaeological Trust, added, “This award is a huge vote of confidence for these wonderful volunteers who make museums and attractions, such as Barley Hall, such exceptional learning experiences for all. I am delighted that their selfless commitment to volunteering and to bringing the past to life has been recognised by these prestigious organisations.”