Lapworth Volunteers nominated for awards

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Lapworth Museum of Geology Volunteers, Julian Kiely and Jack Richardson are finalists in the West Midlands Museum Development Volunteer Awards!

Julian Kiely, an aspiring Paleoartist, has been volunteering at the Lapworth for over 2 years. He initially began volunteering to complete his Sliver Duke of Edinburgh award, however it turned out he liked it so much he carried on! Julian has worked closely with museum staff to utilise his exceptional artistic talent and knowledge on Palaeontology in support of a wide range of museum activities including giftware, children’s activities and Museum models.

University of Birmingham Earth Sciences PhD student, Jack Richardson has been using his creative talents to assist the Museum in the delivery of its public engagement and outreach programmes. This included cross-discipline approaches to link Art and Science through dance, poetry, artists, and particularly visual media. The results included highly successful and engaging films; Dancing with Dinosaurs –featuring dance in the Museum; Unearthed –with a poetic interpretation of the Museum’s collections by Birmingham’s Young Poet Laureate; and Awaken –highlighting the work of a young Lapworth volunteer (Julian Kiely) who created a Pterosaur reconstruction for the Museum. All of the resulting films received high praise and were created, filmed and produced by Jack.

The awards ceremony will be on the 6th of September and we wish both Julian and Jack the best of luck.