Cadw are delighted to share the news that the Plas Mawr Elizabethan House volunteers are the winners of the 2021 Marsh Award for Volunteers in Museum Learning for Wales.
The volunteers received this prestigious award at a ceremony at the British Museum on Monday 14 November 2022 along with other regional award winners from across the UK.
During the uncertain year of 2021, when education in heritage sites was minimal the Plas Mawr team of volunteers came together to provide an innovative way of sharing the enjoyment of the beautiful Elizabethan house to over three hundred children over five days.
How did they do this? They got together to shoot, direct and star in two short films, as well as creating all the costumes and props.
These films went virtually to children’s classrooms across Wales, as part of the Gwyl Hanes Cymru i Blant. These great short movies told a story about a household getting ready for a party in Elizabethan times. This included washing and dressing, having a dance lesson before the guests arrive and even encouraged the children to take part in the dancing and have a party at their own in their schools.
The film had a live actor talking about the action in the film which made this a unique virtual experience for the young learners.
The volunteers at Plas Mawr consistently go above and beyond to support the house, each other, visitors, and the community: sharing skills and encouraging future generations to enjoy the rich history of our past. They fill the Tudor house of Plas Mawr with life, vibrancy, and knowledge.
Well done Plas Mawr!
Each year the British Museum and the Marsh Charitable Trust recognise the contribution of volunteers across the United Kingdom through the Volunteers for Museum Learning Award.
The award celebrates the achievements and contribution of volunteers in museums, galleries and heritage sites all over the United Kingdom, recognising their dedication, innovation and excellence in engaging with the public