Portland Museum is winner of Society of Museum Archaeology's Volunteering award

by Portland Museum

Portland Museum are honoured to announce that we have been chosen as the winner of the Society of Museum Archaeology’s  ‘‘Volunteering Award category for ‘Diving into the Digital Archives of the ‘Earl of Abergavenny’’.

We would like to thank all of the amazing volunteers that made this project not only possible, but a roaring success! Thanks to them, this collection has been made internationally accessible through our Sketchfab.

The judges were all very impressed with the application and overall project. Here are a few of their quotes:
“A truly fantastic volunteer project which shows what positive impact a co-creation project with local communities can have both to them, and on the wider heritage sector.“
“A wonderful range of training offered in-house and by partner organisations to the existing and new volunteers to create an outstanding resource, along with knowledge and pride in their own local area”.
“This project demonstrates the huge value which volunteers bring to archaeological collections and the potential to further community engagement through detailed collections work. The work shows both the development of skill sets by volunteers to undertake crucial work with archaeological collections and the ability for communities to help direct the approach to the objects and how they are understood within museums. It is an excellent example of the expansive potential for all collections working with volunteers”.
“I think this project is an excellent example of working with new and existing volunteers to develop digital skills with training in digital recording techniques. The project provided volunteers the opportunity to get involved with a wide range of activities including digital recording, 3D digital model making, interpretation, creative engagement and outreach. The project team engaged with a number of partners and volunteers. They produced co curated interpretation and digital outputs to allow collections and collections knowledge to become more accessible. Volunteers from the local community were empowered to work with the collection and develop skills that would benefit them within the heritage sector/further afield. Excellent supporting documents and images provided”.