Volunteers at the British Schools Museum in Hitchin have today been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the MBE for volunteer groups.
Chairman of the Hitchin British Schools Trust, Kevin Morgan, said: “It is indeed a great honour for our volunteers to receive this award. It recognises the magnificent work of some 150 volunteers at our museum. Today they welcome nearly 5,000 schoolchildren and an equal number of adult visitors each year, care for the museum’s nationally important Jill Grey Collection, and help maintain our heritage buildings.”
Plans are now being finalised for Her Majesty the Queen to present the award to representatives of the museum’s volunteers during her visit to Hitchin on Thursday 14th June.
Museum Manager Andy Gibbs said “To have won the award in this Diamond Jubilee year is a tremendous achievement and a great honour, but one which I believe to be well-earned by the incredible hard work, commitment, expertise and passion that have gone in to creating a truly unique and inspiring museum. To have the award presented, in Hitchin, by Her Majesty herself is truly a double honour”.