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Museum holds tea party to thank its many volunteers

Volunteers who give thousands of hours of their time to support Saffron Walden Museum were thanked for their efforts at a special celebration event.

The museum has 52 volunteers who fill 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 and events.

To recognise all they do to support the award-winning attraction, the museum held a Volunteers' Tea Party on Tuesday (20 June). As an extra special touch to the event, certificates were also handed out to those volunteers who have clocked up long service to the museum.

The museum would like to thank Starbucks, Tesco and Waitrose for their support for the event.

Carolyn Wingfield, Museum Curator, said: "Our heartfelt thanks go to our volunteers who have given 2,640 hours of their time in the last year - without this continued commitment and dedication, the museum simply could not offer the opening hours or wide range of community activities that it currently does. We are extremely grateful to them and are delighted to be able to host such a special occasion to thank them properly."

New volunteers are always very welcome to join the team on a regular basis or to provide ad-hoc cover, especially for the welcome desk and for activities and events. To find out more, visit the museum website at, call 01799 510333 or email

21 June 2023