Volunteers at Milton Keynes Museum were guests at a special garden party earlier this week to celebrate winning the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service earlier this year.
Around 250 volunteers attended the party in the museum grounds, which was held on Monday (07/10).
Vice Lord Lieutenant Alexander Boswell DL made the presentation to volunteers Bryan Egan, Jill Harper and Morgaine Schofield on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Other guests included Mayor of Milton Keynes Sam Crooks and museum patrons Milly Soames and Roger Bowden.
“We were delighted to receive this award as it recognises the unique role that volunteers play at the museum,” said chair of MK Museum Guy Hawking.
“We regularly receive compliments from visitors saying that the volunteers made their day. This award was even more welcome as we were nominated by MK residents who clearly enjoy what the volunteers do to make MK Museum special.”
Guy added: “The museum is an intrinsic part of Milton Keynes, and its success is down to all those who give their time so generously. The presentation was undoubtedly a highpoint in the museum’s own history.”
Bryan Egan, 85, has volunteered for the museum for nearly 50 years, and still donates his time every week.
He said: “The award is recognition of what we have achieved as volunteers – everyone has come together – it’s a community. The museum keeps me skipping, and I will carry on giving my time until I have a tombstone put over me!”