SHARE Volunteer Awards 2020 – THANK YOU

SHARE Volunteer Awards 2020 – THANK YOU

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SHARE Volunteer Awards 2020 – THANK YOU

It’s been a blast, but we wanted to say…

We could not be more proud to celebrate…


All the Winners

Outstanding Young Person 

Stevie-Louise Leg,   British Schools Museum,   Hertfordshire 

Exhibition Team,     Wisbech & Fenland Museum,    Cambridgeshire


True Grit Award

Mill Maintenance Team,     Burwell Museum & Windmill,   Cambridgeshire

Richard Rackstraw,    Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse,      Norfolk



Phil Jackson,    American Air Museum/IWM,  Cambridgeshire, IWM Duxford 

Stories From The Gordon Craig Volunteer Team,   Stevenage Museum,    Hertfordshire


Through the door 

Colin Browne,   Lowestoft Maritime Museum,  Suffolk

Bridging Binaries Team,  The Fitzwilliam Museum,  Cambridgeshire



Nicholas Skinner,    Brightlingsea Museum,    Essex

Board of Trustees,     Cromwell Museum,    Cambridgeshire


Judges Special Award

Ann Barrett,    Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome,    Essex

Silver Owl Award: celebrating 25 years of volunteering

Cathy Moorehouse,    The Higgins,     Bedfordshire

Marian Harrington,   The Higgins,    Bedfordshire

Peter Vine,    Bressingham Steam Museum,    Norfolk

Paul Hawes,    Burwell Museum & Windmill,     Cambridgeshire

John Wisbey,     Burwell Museum & Windmill,     Cambridgeshire

Bob Markham,    Colchester & Ipswich Museum Service,   Suffolk

Mike Rouse,  Ely Museum,   Cambridgeshire

Derek Jennings,    Fakenham Museum of Gas & Local History,     Norfolk

Jill Frid,    Felbrigg Hall (National Trust),      Norfolk

Graham Frid,    Felbrigg Hall (National Trust),      Norfolk

Tony Tompkins,    Forncett Industrial Steam Museum,     Norfolk

Jane Francis,   Forncett Industrial Steam Museum,   Norfolk

Derek Manning,     Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse,     Norfolk

Brian Holmes,     Halesworth and District Museum,    Suffolk

Jean Goldsmith,     John Bunyan Museum,    Bedfordshire

Elaine Nason,    Laxfield & District Museum,    Suffolk

Irene Ashman,    Lowestoft Museum,    Suffolk

Ron Ashman,    Lowestoft Museum,   Suffolk

Paul Durbidge,    Lowestoft Museum,    Suffolk

Alan Walker,     Museum of Power,     Essex

Ivan Last,       Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum,     Suffolk

Jenny Day,     Saffron Walden Museum,    Essex

Ken Harvey,     Sedgwick Museum Of Earth Science,  Cambridgeshire

Ken May,     The Long Shop Museum,      Suffolk

The Earl of Cranbrook,    The Long Shop Museum,    Suffolk

Dorothy Halfhide,      Thorney Heritage Museum,     Cambridgeshire

Madeleine Johnson,      Wisbech & Fenland Museum,     Cambridgeshire

True Grit nominees: recognising those battling against difficulties and continuing despite the odds!

Natural Science Volunteers,    Colchester & Ipswich Museum Service,    Essex

Public Engagement Team,   Dacorum Heritage Trust,  Hertfordshire

Peter Bateman, Gainsborough’s House,   Suffolk

Bill and Sue Rhodes,   Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse,    Norfolk

Rose Weller,   Mid Suffolk Light Railway Museum,   Suffolk

Animal Care Team,   Museum of East Anglian Life,   Suffolk

Graham Wood,   Museum of Power,  Essex

Vic Mead,   North Hertfordshire Museum,   Hertfordshire

Ian Sharpe,   Saffron Walden Museum,     Essex

The Pickling Project Team, St Albans Museum & Gallery, Hertfordshire

Ann Barrett,    Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome,    Essex

Connor Fludgate,    Wisbech & Fenland Museum,   Cambridgeshire

Through the Door nominees: recognising those who have made the museum relevant for a new group of people.

Angela Wilding,  The Fitzwilliam Museum,   Cambridgeshire

Chris & Tom Harffey,   Colchester & Ipswich Museum Service,   Essex

Volunteer Support Team,    Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse,    Norfolk

Chrissie O’Connor,   Museum of East Anglian Life,  Suffolk

Power Of Friendship Club Team,  Museum of Power,   Essex

Outstanding Young Volunteer nominees: recognising those who have made a strong contribution to the museum.

Edward Mcglinchey,   Colchester & Ipswich Museum Service,    Essex

Eloise Slade,  Felbrigg Hall (National Trust),  Norfolk

Aaron Weller,   Mid Suffolk Light Railway Museum,   Suffolk 

Luke Steed,    Museum of East Anglian Life,   Suffolk

Gabrielle Copeman,   Museum of Norwich,   Norfolk

Lucas Chaplin,   Museum of Power,    Essex

Sabrina Ki,    Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery,    Norfolk

Elliott Cowie,    Sedgwick Museum Of Earth Science,   Cambridgeshire

May Thompson,   Strangers Hall,   Norfolk

Emily Reach,   Wisbech & Fenland Museum,   Cambridgeshire

Trustee nominees: recognising outstanding contributions from Trustees (or unpaid governors)

Harry Yates,      Fakenham Museum of Gas & Local History,     Norfolk

Board of Trustees,      Wisbech & Fenland Museum,    Cambridgeshire

Digital Volunteering nominees: recognising those excelling in all things digital!

Peter Knott,    Colchester & Ipswich Museum Service,    Essex

Sarah Darnell,   Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse,  Norfolk

More Than Oliver Twist Research Team,  Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse, Norfolk

Steven Gridley,  Maldon Museum,   Essex

Search For The Stars Team, Museum of East Anglian Life,   Suffolk

Creative Case for Diversity

Creative Case for Diversity

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Creative Case for Diversity

What is it?

The Arts Council outlines the Creative Case for Diversity as follows:

Our mission is great art and culture for everyone – we can only achieve this if we make a commitment to promoting and embedding diversity throughout the work we fund and support. We call this the ‘Creative Case for Diversity’.

The Creative Case for Diversity is a way of exploring how organisations and artists can enrich the work they do by embracing a wide range of diverse influences and practices. We believe that embracing the Creative Case will also help organisations address other challenges and opportunities in audience development, public engagement, workforce and leadership.

What it isn’t 

  • About meeting Equality legislation
  • Solely community engagement
  • Workforce diversification

What does it mean for museums?

  • Collections and Collecting
  • Programming – exhibitions and events
  • Embedding it in all aspects of work

Regional Case Studies

Looking for inspiration and ideas for how to embed this approach in your museum? Want some practical examples of how to fund and kick-start a project? Click on the links below to read more about some of the projects our museums and networks across the region have developed…

WHO LIVED IN MY HOUSE? Project looking at the lives of working class families in Letchworth. Click here for case study

WOMEN ON THE FRONT LINE Collections research project addressing the under-representation of women’s stories. Click here for case study.

BRICKWORKS MEMORIES REDISCOVERED Community collecting project focused on reflecting the diverse the communities and their contribution to Bedford. Click here for case study.


To read more about the Arts Council’s definition of Creative Case for Diversity, including UK case studies, click here.

Unlocking your Potential

Unlocking your Potential

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Unlocking your Potential

An opportunity for your Trustee Board or Management Team:

  • Think through the skills and connections your team needs
  • Create a plan to help you achieve your goals.

SHARE Museums East is able to support five museums to review their Board / Management Team and create a plan to achieve any changes they decide upon.


Every block of stone has a statue inside it. It is the task of the sculptor to discover it.  Michelangelo




Why might your museum team want to do this?

Museums strive to deliver on so many fronts often with diminished resources and sometimes without the skills within their team that they need.

We want to try and help you to discover what skills your museum needs and if they already exist within your team. Discovering and unlocking these skills could also help you achieve wider goals.

  • Produce a happier, more fulfilled museum team.
  • Support the museum to complete unfinished or delayed projects.
  • Allow you to attract and retain a more diverse team.
  • Help you access future funding.
  • Enable your museum to engage better with the local community.
  • Reduce the workload of the management team by delegating and sharing tasks.
  • Could help protect you legally in respect of equality within your museum

Both the Mendoza Review and the Character Matters reports recommend museums review their board and management structures for current needs and skills

“Anyone familiar with ACE or Heritage Lottery funding, as well as the general ‘state of the nation’, knows that equality of opportunity is crucial when recruiting and this applies with particular force in museums, which exist to serve the public.

“All museums, but perhaps especially local museums, must strive for boards which represent the demographics of the populations they serve – for example Fenland museums should recruit trustees from their East European communities if they are going to understand the needs of those communities. Likewise museums which aspire to appeal to young people should obviously try to recruit younger people onto their boards.” 
Gordon Chancellor – Museums Partnership Officer, Cambridgeshire, 2018

But time is so short…

Time is so precious and the first thing that may spring to mind is that your museum just doesn’t have the time and resource to look further at this. The benefits probably sound sensible and you can see some benefit but maybe you are you thinking it’s not for your museum right now?

If you are then it might help to look at some of the things that may happen, over time.

  • The museum will struggle to attract the skills it needs within its team.
  • Your team may become less fully engaged.
  • People may become frustrated and stressed
  • The team may be unnecessarily overworked.
  • Visitor numbers may never reach their potential.
  • Future projects may be restricted.
  • The museum may not be able to compete for funding to deliver exciting new projects.
  • Your museum may not be able to increase or even sustain current community engagement and support.
  • Current practices and beliefs may mean the museum contravenes equality laws
  • Museum life will just be harder than it needs to be.

It’s worth remembering that equality action plans are seen in a positive light by external bodies including some large funding organisations.

Where do you start?

If you’d like to join the programme, please contact Sally Ackroyd either via email or 01603 638141/ 07876 003631

SHARE is currently offering support to a limited number of Accredited Museums in the Eastern Region to help them with this process.  We are trialing how we work with groups and are happy to tailor what support we can provide to fit with a particular Board or Team.

The benefit of external help from SHARE is of course that it has less impact on the workload of your existing team. You will however still need to have a designated member of the Management Team/Trustee to take day to day responsibility for liaising and reporting progress and actions to the rest of the Management Team/Trustees.








Regional Strategy for Emergency Planning

Regional Strategy for Emergency Planning

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Regional Strategy for Emergency Planning

We are looking for a freelancer to help us move towards creating a Regional Strategy for Emergency Planning.


Download the project brief for details on how to tender for this project.





Sustainable Technologies

Sustainable Technologies

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Sustainable Technologies

SHARE has partnered with Create Consulting Engineers, a group of specialist consulting engineers and sustainability consultants, to help museums to improve their Energy Efficiency.

Two museums have piloted the scheme, the Cromwell Museum and the Museum of the Broads. They agreed to have a full energy use survey of their buildings and then to follow up on some of the recommendations supported by a grant from SHARE Museums East.

They are implementing the works in 2019.  We will be looking for other museums who are interested in joining in with this project in the year 2020-2021.  If you are interested please get in touch with Sally Ackroyd at SHARE Museums East to register your interest and have an initial conversation.


Green GB week (15-19 October 2018) was a government sponsored week celebrating/promoting the opportunities to tackle climate change. As part of that a Green Toolkit was created.

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Fundraising Cohort 2018-2019

Fundraising Cohort 2018-2019

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Fundraising Cohort 2018-2019

Between 2014 and 2018 museums in the East of England had access to specialist fundraising training through SHARED Enterprise, an HLF funded project.  The programme included cohort-based training, which participating museums found highly effective because it combined group workshops with specialist one-to-one support and peer networking.

Now that the SHARED Enterprise programme has finished, we are planning to offer similar cohort-based fundraising training as part of the 2018-19 SHARE training calendar.  A small number of museums will attend group workshops and receive expert one-to-one support from an experienced fundraiser.  They will learn about fundraising strategies, including a variety of fundraising methods, and they will be supported to apply their learning in the real context of their own museums.

Workshop content will be tailored to suit the needs of the participating museums.  The following topics are likely to be covered:

  • Fundraising strategy
  • Case for support
  • Trusts and foundations
  • Corporate support
  • Individual giving

The fundraising cohort is for museums of all sizes that are serious about developing their fundraising skills, but applicants must commit to attending all group workshops and one-to-one sessions.  Ideally, the same two people should attend every session, as this makes the learning more effective and means you are more likely to be able to put the learning into practice and achieve fundraising success. Preference will be given to museums which have not had the opportunity to join any of the SHARED Enterprise cohorts.

The dates and locations of sessions will be arranged once the participating museums have been selected.  As far as possible, we will arrange workshops to be held in locations that are geographically sensible for participants, including asking participating museums to host a workshop if they have suitable facilities to do so.  Workshop dates are yet to be arranged and will be published as soon as possible.  One-to-one sessions will be take place at the participants’ own venues, by prior arrangement.

There is a small fee payable for taking part in the fundraising cohort.  This is £200 for an accredited museum in the East of England, or £400 for a non-accredited museum and museums outside the East of England region.  In return for this, you will receive training and one-to-one support worth approximately £1,600.  Information about how to pay will be sent to you if you are offered a place in the cohort, and payment is needed to secure your place.  If you would like to apply but have difficulty paying the fee, please contact us to discuss assistance.

How to apply:

Initially, please complete the Fundraising Cohort Expression of Interest form and email it to SHARE no later than 5pm on Monday 15 October 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact Miranda via email or on 01603 493659.

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