26 September 2018
Ullapool Museum volunteers scoop prestigious national award

The work undertaken by volunteers at Ullapool Museum was recognised yesterday in an awards ceremony in London. The ‘Volunteers in Museum Learning Award’ was presented to them by the British Museum and The Marsh Christian Trust. The award celebrates the achievements and contribution of volunteers in museums, galleries and heritage sites all over the United Kingdom. It recognises their dedication, innovation and excellence in engaging with their visitors.

After being recognised as Regional winners for Scotland, the team at Ullapool Museum were also declared overall National winners. 

Ullapool Museum’s curatorial advisor Helen Avenell said “This award recognises the huge contribution the volunteer team at Ullapool made to the 2017 museum redisplay project. Our dedicated volunteers worked on all areas of the project, from collecting and displaying our unique oral history and photograph collection, to constructing and painting the new galleries. Visitors can now explore the history and heritage of Lochbroom in new ways and in a wonderfully revitalised space. The project could never have been completed without their hard work and commitment. I’m hugely proud of them all.”

Brian Marsh, Chairman of the Marsh Christian Trust said “We are very pleased to have been working with the British Museum for the past 10 years to recognise volunteers from museums across the UK who work hard to engage and educate the public. We are conscious of the value that these volunteers bring, both to the museums they dedicate their time to and to the visitors whose experiences they enhance. We hope to continue to celebrate them for many years to come.”

The ‘Volunteers for Museum Learning’ award forms part of a programme of awards presented by the Marsh Christian Trust in the fields of science, ecology, conservation, heritage, literature and volunteering.

There were a large number of applications from both groups of volunteers and  individuals, from across the UK. The judges consisted of staff from the Marsh Christian Trust, supported by staff and volunteers from the British Museum. 

The regional winners each received a cash prize of £500 donated by the Marsh Christian Trust. As overall national winner, Ullapool Museum received an additional £2,000.

The list of regional winners for Volunteers for Museum Learning is:


The Volunteer Team at Ullapool Museum, Ross-shire.

North East

David Smith, Chris Jackson and Steve Simpson at the Fusiliers Museum of Northumberland, Alnwick.

North West

Niall Kenyon and Robert Docherty at the Whitworth, Manchester.


The Volunteers Team, Ripon Museum Trust, North Yorkshire.

East Midlands

The Tour Guide Team at Cromford Mills, Cromford, Derbyshire.

West Midlands

The Back to Backs Learning Team at Birmingham Back to Backs, Birmingham.


The ‘Perceiving the Past’ Volunteers at Basingwerk Abbey, Hollywell.

East England

Jane Lowe at Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, Suffolk.

South West

The Volunteers Team at the Priest’s House Museum and Garden, Wimborne, Dorset.

South East

Peter Williams at Volk’s Electric Railway, Brighton.


The Heritage Project Volunteers, at the Geffrye Museum of the Home.

Northern Ireland

The ‘Christmastide’ Volunteers Team at Castle Ward, Downpatrick, Co. Down.


National Winner

The Volunteer Team at Ullapool Museum, Ross-shire, Scotland.



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