June 2015 | Irina Koteva


After a number of London’s top museums offered to host this year’s London Volunteers in Museums Awards, we’re pleased to announce that the ORNC has been chosen to hold the awards in the magnificent Painted Hall.

The awards now in their seventh year will take place in the Painted Hall on Wednesday 9 September. With over 900 volunteers across London’s heritage sector, the awards have been securing much deserved recognition for their wide ranging contributions to the operations and development of their host organisations. 

Rhiannon Green, Chair of the network, said: “These awards are an invaluable way to showcase and celebrate the breadth of amazing contributions that volunteers make daily to our museums and galleries. Over the last six years many inspirational examples of volunteer involvement have been rightfully recognised and we have no doubt that 2015 will prove to be another exciting and eye-opening year. We are delighted to be able to host this year’s awards in such prestigious and beautiful surroundings as the Painted Hall, especially as the Old Royal Naval College is about to embark on the next phase of its ambitious refurbishment project”.

Our Volunteer Co-ordinator at the ORNC, Anne Burton, manages 100 volunteers, the majority of whom work as visitor experience volunteers but there are volunteers helping with admin in many departments including facilities, development, marketing and the conservation project. They also have a dedicated group of volunteers who support the learning team. In 2016 a major 2 year conservation project will begin on the Painted Hall to restore the ceiling of the lower hall and the vestibule. 

On hosting this year’s awards, Anne said: "The Painted Hall is still used on occasions for the purpose for which it was built, as a dining hall, and we are proud and delighted to have been asked to host these prestigious awards".  

We look forward to the awards taking place in September.

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