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Haslemere Museum volunteers awarded Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

Very many congratulations to the volunteers, staff and Trustees at the Haslemere Educational Museum, who have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

Chairman of Haslemere Museum, Melanie Odell MBE, stated, “We are delighted that the dedication and enthusiasm of all our volunteers has been publicly acknowledged and recognised in this most esteemed way and we wish to thank them for all the effort and support that they offer to the Museum”.

Haslemere Educational Museum is one of the oldest and most renowned independent museums in the country. Volunteers have played an important role in the life of the Museum from the beginning and are involved in nearly every aspect of running the Museum. The volunteers enable the Museum to open five days a week and work in a broad range of roles, including as receptionists, administrators, educators, cataloguers, archivists, librarians, researchers, cafe and shop assistants, gardeners, trustees, honorary officers and much more. They have provided a long valued and recognised high quality service to the local community and beyond. The Museum could not open, operate or survive without the support of its approximately 100 volunteers, many of whom have worked at the Museum for decades.

Haslemere Museum has won a number of other awards in the last few years, namely - In 2012 the Museum won two national sector awards: The Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award and the Museums + Heritage Nation’s Favourite Museum Award. In 2014 the Museum won the Museums + Heritage Award for Project on a Limited Budget for our 125th Anniversary Campaign. And we have just been longlisted for the fourth time for the Family Friendly Museum Award. As a small independent museum we are very proud of these achievements.

Jane Clayton, Trustee with portfolio for volunteers, and Julia Tanner, Curator, from the Haslemere Educational Museum attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on 28th May where they met the Queen and other winners of this year’s award.

The Haslemere Museum Volunteers are one of 187 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of awards handed out to groups have increased by over 60% from 2014, due to an increase in high quality applications, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.

The Haslemere Museum Volunteers will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey later this summer. The Lord Lieutenant, as the Queen's representative, will present the Museum volunteer group with a certificate, signed by the Queen, and a commemorative crystal at a local ceremony.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Martyn Lewis CBE said:

“I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this year’s awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups. The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the best of democracy in action.”

The trustees and staff of Haslemere Museum held a special Garden Party on 3rd June for the volunteers to celebrate their illustrious award. The award and party also happened to occur, in very timely fashion, during National Volunteers’ Week.

Click here for further information about the Queen's Award for Voluntary

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