WRVS celebrate 'highly commended' award

Chief Executive of ARA visits WRVS to congratulate volunteers 

WRVS volunteersJohn Chambers, Chief Executive of the Archives and Records Association, visited WRVS headquarters in Devizes in September to meet some of the volunteers whose work had achieved a ‘highly commended’ award  in the 2012 Archive Volunteering Award. He presented the volunteers with a certificate.

The annual Archive Volunteering Award, won by Wolverhampton City Archives, is given by the ARA and partners The National Archives, CyMAL and the Scottish Council on Archives. It recognises outstanding work undertaken by volunteers within an institutional archive service.

The work being done by WRVS volunteers made a deep impression on the award judges. They called the project ‘truly commendable’ and a ‘huge piece of work’, noting that without the volunteer work the WRVS collection – some 5,000 boxes of material, may not exist at all. Thirty volunteers – aged between 22 to 88, gave nearly 900 hours of volunteering. They worked at all levels of collection care, from basic listing and accessioning, to answering queries, producing newsletters and blogging. The achievement of the WRVS collection gaining Memory of the World UK status in 2010 was a significant milestone for this collection and the people who care about it. The volunteer project had also led to a financial legacy being left to the project..