The Coffin Works’ Museum have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
Over 200 people have contributed to the Coffin Works Museum since it first opened in October 2014, giving well over 15,000 hours in time – worth in excess of £400,000! As a small museum with just three staff members, volunteers have always been integral to daily running – giving tours, selling tickets, helping visitors and caring for the collection!
Coffin Works’ volunteers are guided by a passionate staff team and in return volunteers have shown an unwavering commitment, allowing them to achieve the #1 Museum in Birmingham position on TripAdvisor for a fourth consecutive year.
Representatives from the Coffin Works’ Museum attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May, along with other recipients of this year’s Award.
The Coffin Works is one of 281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations and awards has increased year on year since the awards were introduced in 2002, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse. They include volunteers helping people overcome mental health problems through sport, volunteers using caravans as mobile cafe/information centres in geographically remote locations and another group mentoring children who have a parent in prison.
Representatives of the Coffin Works’ Museum will receive the award from John Crabtree, OBE, Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands later this summer.
Coffin Works’ Museum Manager, Sarah Hayes, said:
“I have witnessed this team grow and develop so much over the last five years since the museum opened. They all embody a ‘we’re in it together’ attitude and this award is fitting recognition for them! I have never known a more passionate bunch of people, and their determination to make this wonderful museum work is so inspiring.”
Chair of Trustees, Christine Cushing said:
“We are thrilled that our brilliant team of Coffin Works’ volunteers have been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2019, the highest award for volunteer groups across the UK. They all work so hard supporting our small and dedicated staff team. We could not be more proud that all their hard work has now been recognised and honoured with this award.”