Decant Day, 3 August 2016: People Power

By Jo Clarke, Marketing and Communications Officer

We’ve been talking a lot about the importance of volunteer support in some of our previous posts and videos, and it’s a topic that I’m sure we’ll keep returning to as the History Centre project progresses.

Quite recently nine business and IT specialists from EDF Energy’s Plymouth office came in to the Museum to volunteer for the day.

EDF packing day
Nine volunteers from EDF Energy recently spent the day helping with packing in our art store

Given the fact that we have more than a million objects to log, wrap and move before work can begin on the physical creation of the History Centre, we thought it would be a good idea for them to give us a hand with some our packing and cataloguing. They ended up having a very productive day filled with packing tape and bubble wrap – as you can see from the short piece of time lapse footage below!

The nine people who joined us volunteered through EDF Energy’s ‘Helping Hands’ scheme. This is a programme which allows EDF’s staff two days of work time each year to support projects in their local communities through volunteering. What a brilliant scheme!

EDF volunteers
Many hands make light work

Packing our collections for safe storage while the History Centre is developed is a huge task. As we’ve also mentioned before, many of our staff have been working extremely hard on this for months already. The support they’re receiving from the volunteers who are helping them is vital to keeping this element of the project on schedule.

A productive day's work!
EDF Energy’s day with us proved to be really productive

At the end of their day with us the EDF team had wrapped an amazing 77 works of art! We’re very grateful for the time they spent with us and the contribution they made to our packing efforts.


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