Volunteers at Temple Newsam House

Temple Newsam House in Leeds scoops top volunteering award

Simon Stephens, 25.09.2019
Winners recognised for work with the public
The team at Temple Newsam House in Leeds is the national winner of the Volunteers for Museum Learning award.

The annual UK-wide award, which is run by London's British Museum and the Marsh Christian Trust, celebrates the work of volunteers in helping museums engage with their visitors. 

It rewards those volunteers who work directly with the public, whether that is leading school groups, staffing information desks, helping with family activities or running a guided tours.

The winners of the 2019 awards are given £500 each. As the overall national winner, the Temple Newsam House receives an additional £2,000.

The full list of winners is: 
  • Scotland The Volunteers Team at Shetland Textile Museum, Shetland.
  • North-east England Jamie Sample at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough.
  • North-west England The Volunteer Millers & Guides, Nether Alderley Mill, Cheshire.
  • Yorkshire (also overall national winner) The Blot on the Landscape Volunteers, Temple Newsam House, Leeds 
  • East Midlands The Project Digby Volunteers, 1620s House & Gardens, Donington le Heath, Leicestershire.
  • West Midlands Schools and Family Activities Volunteers, Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust, Dudley.
  • Wales The Plas Mawr Elizabethan House Volunteer Team, Conwy.
  • East of England (joint winners) Jo Foster-Murdoch at Norfolk Heritage Centre, Norwich; Zowie Sweetland at the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, Cambridge.
  • South-west England The Clifton Suspension Bridge Volunteer Vault Tour Team, Bristol.
  • South-east England Lisa Mundy at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.
  • London (joint winner) The Volunteer Research Group at Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham; The Kindertransport Talk Volunteers, Jewish Museum, Camden.
  • Northern Ireland The Treasure House Volunteer Team at National Museums Northern Ireland, Ulster Museum.