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Plas Mawr
Published
23 May 2022

The wonderful volunteers at our Plas Mawr site, received recognition today (11 May) for their contribution to the visitor experience at our Tudor mansion house in Conwy, being Highly Commended at the Museums + Heritage Awards 2022.

Widely recognised as the “Oscars of the museum world”, the glittering London ceremony was hosted by the multi-talented, Iszi Lawrence: writer, comedian and history presenter, who steered a night of celebration of the best of all the categories, right across the sector. 

The independent panel of judges, all leading lights in the museums world, had put their combined knowledge and expert scrutiny to ensure the winners were deserving of their accolades.

Across the sector, volunteers give up their time to help many organisations. The ‘Volunteers of the Year’ awards celebrates all their hard work and the contribution they have willingly made during the challenges of 2021.

It was a great achievement for our Plas Mawr volunteers to be shortlisted for their contribution to the Cadw education programme.  In conjunction with staff, they  quickly created content for educational workshops which had to become virtual due to Covid – see Plas Mawr Volunteers Shortlisted for Prestigious Award | Cadw (gov.wales). It was very rewarding to be recognised with a Highly Commended, against such strong competition. They were the only finalists from Wales!

It was an enjoyable night and for those volunteers that attended the Awards, representing their peers, they were pleased to receive such recognition of their invaluable efforts.

One of the volunteers Angela Francis–Morris said of the experience:

'It was such an honour to be able to attend the ceremony and be part of the team that received the Award on behalf of all the volunteers at Plas Mawr.  Just to be shortlisted for this prestigious award was enough, but to receive Highly Commended was the ‘icing on the cake’ so to speak. A superb evening throughout!   A would just add, I love volunteering for Cadw at Plas Mawr'                                                           

The Highly Commended certificate will now take pride of place back at site. 

 Sue Mason, Head of Lifelong Learning for Cadw said

'This was a very well deserved acknowledgement of all the fantastic efforts carried out by our volunteers in Cadw. They never fail to rise to any challenge we set them and always go above and beyond our expectations with good humour, enthusiasm, knowledge and flair.'

We can’t thank our volunteers at Plas Mawr and our other sites enough for all they do, week in week out, to support the learning and visitor experience, sharing their passion.  We appreciate them, but it is good to have formal external acknowledgement at such prestigious awards and for them to recognise how much they are all appreciated by the wider team. If you want to be part of our fantastic volunteer team please contact us.

We congratulate all of those in our category and the others for all their extraordinary efforts. For more information on the Awards and all the categories and participants visit - 2022 Winners – Museums + Heritage Awards (museumsandheritage.com)