John Bunyan Museum volunteers praised by award judges

John Bunyan Museum volunteers highly commended at SHARE awards
John Bunyan Museum volunteers highly commended at SHARE awards

Volunteers at the John Bunyan Museum in Bedford have won an award for their dedication.

The Mill Street museum’s stewards team were awarded a highly commended in the front of house category, at the SHARE Volunteer Awards for Museums in the East. Representatives from the museum attended the ceremony at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, and the award was presented by Kate Carreno, assistant director of the Fitzwilliam.

The judge said: “They are a dedicated, enthusiastic, cheerful, and hardworking team, from many different backgrounds, and different ages. They are helpful, cheerful, and ready to get stuck in, and a true asset to their museum.”

Three individuals and the museum’s stewards team were nominated from the John Bunyan Museum.

Nicola Sherhod, curator, said: “I’m so proud that the team have been recognised for their fantastic contribution to the museum! The John Bunyan Museum would not be able to open without their time and dedication, and the museum would not be the welcoming and enjoyable visitor attraction it is without their love and enthusiasm for what they do.”

The SHARE Volunteer Awards received an impressive 69 nominations from 46 different museums around the Eastern region. Nominations were received from museums of all sizes as the awards scheme seeks to recognise the valuable contribution that volunteers make to museums and their communities.

Further information and a full list of those nominated can be found at:

The SHARE Volunteer Awards for Museums in the East is a collaboration between SHARE Museums East at Norfolk Museums Service and the University of Cambridge Museums. The awards are funded by Arts Council England through their Museum Development programme, managed in the region by SHARE Museums East.

The John Bunyan Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday 11.00am – 4.00pm and admission is free.

For more details on volunteering contact the Curator Nicola Sherhod on 01234 270303 or email