Marsh Award for Volunteering with Royal Museums Greenwich
This Award is run in partnership with the Royal Museums Greenwich and recognises the outstanding contributions made by volunteers across the Museums sites.
Royal Museums Greenwich has hundreds of volunteers who contribute their time, skills and interests in various ways, from looking after collections and archives, to providing support on learning programmes and welcoming visitors into the museum.
Nominations for the Award are gathered by Royal Museums Greenwich and judged in partnership with the MCT.
Pictured: Volunteers on the Main Deck of the Cutty Sark, raising the flags and tying off the ropes. © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Roger Hodge, Sarah Wood and Mike Dryland 2019
Roger has been volunteering for the Cutty Sark for over 15 years, and for Royal Museums Greenwich since the ship was acquired in 2015. He has worked with curators and conservation researchers to complete in-depth research to improve understanding of the ship’s fabric and its crews. Roger has consistently dedicated his time and research skills to the ship, most recently researching and writing blogs about each of the ship’s captains and making this information accessible to the public. His passion and dedication to the ship is second to none and he ensures that visitors have the most up to date and in-depth knowledge available to them. Roger is always willing to share his ideas and knowledge and expresses his passion in a coherent and enthusiastic way.
Mike delivers and co-ordinates a team of volunteers to provide talks to visitors explaining the ‘Longitude Problem’, the development of the Harrison marine timekeepers and why the Prime Meridian came to be at Greenwich. He has been volunteering since 2007, providing at least 3 hours a week, sometimes more, as a volunteer. Mike is an amazing communicator and his story telling abilities are incredibly engaging, even being invited to give tours to VIP visitors to the Royal Observatory. He is also a member of the Flamsteed Astronomy Society that supports public activities, including daytime solar viewing and ‘Evenings with the Stars’.
Sarah joined the conservation volunteer team in October 2016, when it began, and has remained one of it’s most ardent supporters. She volunteers every week and is always first to volunteer for special projects within the team. She has honed an exacting eye for detail and worked hard to care for some of the museum’s most inaccessible objects, taking on any challenge with enthusiasm. In addition to her conservation role, Sarah regularly winds the Harrison clocks and is pivotal in keeping them running, especially over the weekend. She is the cornerstone of what is an innovative, and often challenging, volunteer programme, which she is continuously helping to expand and develop.