Museums Worcestershire volunteers nominated for awards

ww Published Friday, 9th September 2016

Volunteers from the joint museum service for Worcester City and Worcestershire County Councils have been nominated for the West Midlands Museum Development Volunteer Awards.

Workshop volunteers at the County Museum at Hartlebury, and the Collections volunteers are finalists in the prestigious awards.

The Workshop volunteers are nominated in the 'Above and Beyond' category for showing how the specialist skills of wheelwrighting have been passed down through generations. The Workshop team are based at the County Museum at Hartlebury, where a nationally significant collection of Gypsy caravans is displayed showing the evolving style of the Vardo. Our Workshop volunteers hold the knowledge and the skills of Gypsy caravan craft, and have worked tirelessly for many years to keep this alive within the museum.

The Collections volunteers have been nominated for the Special Collections award for all their hard work conserving the Bredon Hill Hoard. The Bredon Hill Roman Coin Hoard was discovered in June 2011 by two metal detectorists. Since 2014, the volunteers have been cleaning and conserving the Bredon Hill Roman Coin hoard to ensure its preservation for future generations. The hoard was to number almost 4000 Roman coins and was discovered alongside the broken fragments of the pot that they had been placed inside.

Cllr Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Localism and Communities said: "These nominations are fantastic news and are recognition of the wonderful contribution of volunteers throughout Worcestershire. I'd like to wish all of our nominees the best of luck for the awards ceremony on 15 September."

The teams will find out if they have won at the awards ceremony in Birmingham on 15 September.