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Event to say thanks to museum volunteers

Published on Wednesday, March 21, 2018

New Walk Museum and Art Gallery is hosting the event on Friday, March 23, from 6pm to 8pm, at which people taking part in the museum’s extensive volunteering programme will be thanked for their efforts.


From January to December 2017, 289 volunteers provided 10,128 hours of voluntary work, in addition to the work carried out by the other volunteer organisations, friends’ groups and supporters


The value of the volunteers’ unpaid work is estimated to be the equivalent of more than £89,000 last year.  


Those thanking the volunteers will include City Mayor Peter Soulsby, and deputy city mayor responsible for leisure and culture, Cllr Piara Singh Clair.


City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “Our current volunteering programme has been running since May 2012, and the numbers of people getting involved has increased every year.


“It is wonderful that so many people dedicate their time and energy free of charge to help run events at the city’s museums, and who represent an extremely knowledgeable, experienced team of people with a passion for the history of their city.


“They are a fantastic asset and I am glad to get this opportunity to show my gratitude to them all.”


Organisations working alongside the city council’s own museum volunteers include the Leicester Museums Technology Association (LMTA), Friends of Leicester and Leicestershire Museums, Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society, Friends of Jewry Wall Museum, the Royal Leicestershire Regiment Association, City of Leicester Museums Trust, and the Leicester International Music Festival.


Volunteering highlights from 2017 included the Antiques Roadshow at Abbey Pumping Station, which attracted more then 3,000 visitors over two days.


More than 7,000 archive photographs have also been converted into a digital format by volunteers, creating an invaluable image library, while volunteers at De Montfort Hall helped with over 2,200 hours of ushering duties at shows.


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