Museum of Oxford volunteer wins national Volunteer of the Year award
A local volunteer at the Museum of Oxford has jointly won the Volunteer of the Year category at the Museums and Heritage Awards.
19-year-old Aaron Lee of Rose Hill was announced as a joint winner for his services since 2015 at the museum equivalent of the Oscars. The awards took place in a glitzy celebration in the Historic Staterooms of London’s 8 Northumberland Avenue on 17 May.
Aaron Lee said: “Winning this award was an experience to remember and a reward which I know both I and the Museum will be able to cherish. The awards really put into perspective how the work volunteers like me do can have such a large impact on our local communities and their heritage. I’d like to thank the Museum and its staff for being a home away from home, as well as all the volunteers young and old for being friends to hold on to forever.”
David Juler, Museum Development Assistant at Oxford City Council, said:
“We are delighted that Aaron’s incredible contribution has been recognised. Aaron has shown remarkable commitment and enthusiasm for volunteering at the Museum, even when he was doing his A Levels and now he is studying history at university.
“We have ambitious plans to develop the Museum with our Oxford’s Hidden Histories project, and our volunteers are crucial to allowing us to realise these. Aaron continues to offer us support at events and family activities, and it is this kind of commitment that will help us revitalise and transform the Museum.”
The Museum of Oxford aims to transform itself through its Oxford’s Hidden Histories project. Oxford City Council has committed £500,000 to the development of the Museum, with £315,000 of this specifically for Oxford’s Hidden Histories. Oxford’s Hidden Histories is now planning a Round 2 application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the £2.8m project. The Museum will also need to fundraise £450,000 to complete the project. For more information, visit https://www.oxford.gov.uk/info/20204/about_us/1084/oxfords_hidden_histories