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Celebrations for museum volunteers at tea party

A celebration tea party has been held for the volunteers of Saffron Walden Museum.

The museum has 55 volunteers around three-thousand hours throughout the year. They help to fulfil a number of different roles such as running the welcome desk, sorting and cataloguing human history collections and helping to run the popular learning activities.

The volunteer tea party was held as part of national Volunteers' Week, and was supported by Cook, Tesco and Waitrose via their community schemes.

Carolyn Wingfield, the museum's curator, said: "Our volunteers are vital to the museum - they keep it open and welcome visitors, assist with all manner of behind-the-scenes and practical tasks, and contribute much experience and knowledge of their local communities.

"After the difficulties of the Covid pandemic, when the museum had to close, we are especially grateful to all the volunteers who have returned, and to the new volunteers who have recently joined us. It's great to be able to celebrate our museum volunteers with a proper event again."

The museum is always looking for new volunteers to join the team on a regular basis or to provide ad-hoc cover. To find out more, visit the museum website at, call 01799 510333 or email

28 June 2022