Our new ‘Experience Victorian Domestic Life with Mrs Bird’ visitor attraction was shortlisted in the ‘Volunteer Power’ category at the Nottinghamshire Heritage Forum Awards on Thursday night. We didn’t win, but we are so proud to have the hard work of our incredible volunteers recognised by the judging panel of local museum and tourism professionals.
It is wonderful to also have the fact we are a real force to be reckoned with acknowledged by our industry peers (many of whom have multi-million-pound budgets and are staffed by paid full-time museum staff). In their summary, the judges especially pointed out that they liked the promotion of a female heritage subject, the reuse of a previously unused museum space into somewhere women and children could be represented by domestic objects, and how volunteers were engaged to create new hands-on experiences for new audiences.
Being shortlisted alone is an amazing achievement, especially as we were up against stiff competition in Bilsthorpe Heritage Museum, Beeston Canalside Heritage Centre, National Trust at Clumber Park and Green’s Windmill and Science Centre, who were the well-deserved winners.
Well done to all our volunteers who were involved in setting up this fantastic project.
‘Experience Victorian Domestic Life with Mrs Bird’ is held on selected dates in our Stove Room – please check our Events Listings