Porthmadog Maritime Museum a group of volunteers based in Gwynedd have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
The award was announced in the Birthday Honours List on June 2nd. The citation in the London Gazette reads “Porthmadog Maritime Museum is run entirely by volunteers who preserve and display the ship building and seafaring heritage of the area”. Representatives from the museum attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May, along with other recipients of this year’s Award.
The Porthmadog Maritime Museum is one of 281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations and awards has increased year on year since the awards were introduced in 2002, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them. Representatives of The Porthmadog Maritime Museum will receive the award from Lord Lieutenant of Gwynedd, Edmund Seymour Bailey, later this summer.