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BCLM Transport Group Wins Award

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03 November 2014

Black Country Living Museum Transport Group won an Arts & Heritage award last month for “outstanding commitment to voluntary service in the Dudley Borough”. The award recognises and applauds the valuable contribution that volunteers make to their organisations, the community and society as a whole. 

The Transport Group, made up of many ex-engineers and bus drivers, has been involved with Black Country Living Museum for over 35 years. There are some 10 members currently, many of whom have been there from the very beginning.

Their work is absolutely essential to the preservation and restoration of the Black Country buses that make visitiors’ experiences so memorable. The Group also fundraises, and have financed several restoration projects for the Museum’s vintage buses – they are also looking to restore the Museum’s tram in the near future. They also serve as some of the friendly bus conductors that visitors have become accustomed to on their visit to the Museum.

Dianne Rivers, Volunteer Coordinator comments: “the Transport Group so deserve this award. Their hard work has ensured that our Black Country vehicle collection is available for future generations to enjoy. They work both behind the scenes and with our visitors to make their visit a truly memorable one – they’re the friendly conductors that take our visitors back in time with a smile. The Museum would not be what it is today without them.” 

“I was completely amazed when they announced it was us. It was just myself from the group their to accept the award, but I very much accept it on behalf of all of the volunteers, and especially those who have been there from the very beginning.” Comments Bill Parker, a volunteer of five years.

 

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