Published Bucks Free Press, 11 March 2013
WYCOMBE Museum has been recognised for its excellent volunteers scheme.
The museum was presented with the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard by Wycombe District Council chairman Cllr Wendy Mallen last week.
Some 40 volunteers work at the museum in Priory Road and the award acknowledges the experience and contribution they make at the centre. Richard de Peyer, museum manager, said: “We just couldn’t work without them, the most important aspect is how we interact with the public and we get excellent visitor feedback.”
Volunteers Angela Rees and Chris Magdeburg said it felt “good to know how much we are appreciated” by museum management.
New volunteers are now being sought to help the museum prepare for its relocation to purpose-built facilities adjoining to the council’s headquarters in Queen Victoria Road in 2015/16. They would be tasked with cleaning and preparing objects for display, record keeping to keep track of objects wanted for new digital displays, and to interview gallery goers about their preferences before the move.
Cllr Katrina Wood, WDC’s Cabinet Member for Community said: "Volunteers play an important role at the museum. This award is an opportunity to thank them and the staff who work with them for all their efforts over the years.
“Volunteering is a chance to meet new friends, gain work experience and benefit your local community. As the museum progresses with development plans, there are now opportunities for new volunteers help to assist with a variety of documentation, publicity and conservation cleaning tasks.”