Museum staff receive award

The Ripon Museums Trust volunteers with,fifth from left, Brian Marsh who presented the award. (S)
The Ripon Museums Trust volunteers with,fifth from left, Brian Marsh who presented the award. (S)

Volunteers at Ripon’s museums have been given the Yorkshire Region Marsh Award Trust accolade for their important work.

The adult tour volunteer guides at Ripon’s three museums have received the Volunteers for Museum Learning award, which recognises those volunteers who work directly with museum visitors in any capacity, plus a cash prize of £500 donated by the Marsh Christian Trust.

Ripon Museum Trust operates three museums based in the original workhouse, courthouse and prison buildings. The museums follow a sober theme of poverty and law and order which the volunteer tour guides bring to life with their enthusiasm and knowledge.

Wendy Hunwick Brown, volunteer and visits co-ordinator, said: “We are thrilled to be awarded the Marsh Award for Yorkshire – this is a fantastic achievement for our amazing volunteers. It demonstrates just how much hard work, commitment and enthusiasm our volunteers have given throughout the year. We feel very proud and look forward to continued success.”

There was a large number of applications from across the UK, some from groups of volunteers and some from individuals. The judges consisted of staff from the Marsh Trust, staff and volunteers from the British Museum and a representative from another museum.

Ripon Museums Trust has also been awarded Highly Commended in the very competitive category of Small Visitor Attraction at the Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards, which recognise and reward the very best of the industry throughout Yorkshire.

Sue Dalton, head of Ripon Museums Trust, said: “Being ‘highly commended’ by the White Rose Awards is a huge achievement for the whole team at Ripon Museum Trust.

“The Mug Shots exhibition at the Prison and Police Museum illustrated how poverty often led people into criminality and attracted world wide interest to our unique museum.”

Anyone interested in volunteering for the trust should contact Wendy Hunwick-Brown on telephone 01765 690799 or email