The London Heritage Volunteering Group is an informal network for peer support, resource sharing and best practice for heritage volunteer managers in London. It has over 100 members from the heritage sector in London, including the Science Museum, the Royal Academy of Arts, the Bethlem Museum of the Mind, the Charles Dickens Museum, the Historic Royal Palaces, Keats House, and of course the Museum of the Home!
Each year the network organises an awards event to recognise the tremendous contribution volunteers make across the sector. Member organisations are invited to make nominations in a number of categories, such as:
- Best team
- Bringing innovation
- Developing in a role
- Going the extra mile
- Youth award
- Special award for volunteer management.
This year we nominated Peter Kaye for the ‘Going the extra mile’ award. Peter has been a significant part of the Almshouse Tour guide team for several years. During the closure of the Museum Peter has really gone above and beyond in his service of visitors, volunteering 78 days in the last year. Peter supported the development of new object handling tours, he spent time researching and collating resources about objects in the handling collection and how these could be used to make the stories of the almshouse accessible for a more diverse audience, particularly families. He was instrumental in the development of the logistics of these new tours, delivering trial tours, suggesting practical and well considered ideas to give the best experience for visitors.
He has also volunteered for every school holiday activity week to deliver object handling tours for families. He easily adapts his content for the audience and receives great feedback from visitors who might not usually engage with almshouse tours. His passion for sharing is also evident in the way that he has supported new volunteers in training.
On top of this Peter offered his time and expertise to be part of our Volunteering Panel, supporting the delivery of our volunteering strategy.
Peter is a really critical member of the volunteering team and has invested a great deal of his time and expertise which has benefitted museum staff, volunteers and visitors. He is always willing to get involved in new projects and contribute his thoughts and experiences when working collaboratively with other volunteers and staff.
The awards ceremony was held on October 30 at the National Archives in Kew and we are delighted that Peter was runner-up in his category. We asked Peter about the event.
‘The evening started with drinks and canapés (most enjoyable!) and the opportunity to look at some of the work that the volunteers at the National Archives are engaged in. This was fascinating and covered items from the Second World War, Law and Order in England over the years and the Jacobite rebellion.
The award ceremony then took place next door in a small auditorium. The winners in each category received certificates and the judges explained how they had come to their decisions. The biggest applause of the night came for the winner of the Team awards, which was the Kinder Exhibition Wall Team from the London Jewish Museum. All four of the team were in their 80s or 90s so most likely had come to the UK on the Kindertransport.
Afterwards there were more drinks and we had the opportunity to chat with the other volunteers there.’
Many congratulations, Peter – we are very proud of you! Here is a picture of him at the event with his certificate.