Announcing the 2015 SHARE Volunteer Awards

PrintWe are pleased to announce that the SHARE Volunteer Awards are now open for nominations.

The SHARE Volunteer Awards for Museums in the East are a collaboration between SHARE Museums East, IWM Duxford and the University Museums Cambridge.

Most of the museums in the SHARE region could not open to the public without the support of volunteers and we feel it is time to recognise this massive contribution across our region. Volunteers play a major role in caring for and interpreting our heritage and culture, ensuring that it is accessible to all.

The Awards will recognise the immense input volunteers make to the East’s museums, large and small.

These Awards are an ideal chance to highlight how important volunteers are to museums, showcase the range of roles volunteers undertake, and show the diversity of the people who offer their time as volunteers.  In addition, through these awards, SHARE will highlight best practice in both volunteering and volunteer management.

The Awards are funded by Arts Council England through their Museum Development programme, managed in the region by SHARE Museums East.

The Awards will be presented at an informal ceremony on Thursday 4th June 2015 at a central venue.

Visit the Volunteer Awards page for full details and to nominate a volunteer.

Sign up to the SHARE Mystery Shopper Scheme

SHARE is looking to raise the profile and standard of visitor services in our region’s museums.

Front of House staff at Norwich Castle

Front of House staff at Norwich Castle

A good visitor experience is absolutely vital to museums and their public facing mission, as well as supporting their ability to generate income in a uncertain times.

After a successful pilot last year we are now extending and developing our Mystery Shopper Scheme and making it available to all museums in the East for the 2015 summer season

The scheme allows museums to benefit from an objective assessment of their visitor experience – and so design and implement improvements.

The reciprocal nature of the scheme means that museums can access this support significantly cheaper than through commercial mystery shopping services. We are also able to tailor the scheme specifically to the needs of museums.

Visit the Mystery Shopper page for more details and to get involved.

Sign Up to SHARE e-News