Estate Assistant, Rachael, was nominated for the Unsung Hero Award due to her exceptional work during 2020. When lockdown began, the majority of the museum’s experienced volunteers (who usually support them during lambing period) had to shield. Rachael quickly taught unskilled members of staff how to lamb – which resulted in one of COAM’s most successful lambing seasons ever. During 2020, with the help of volunteers, she created a traditional garden which formed part of the interpretation of a reconstructed earth cottage. This turned out to be a lifeline for the charity run museum, which was only able to open its grounds and gardens due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Museum Director, Sam Hatfield, said:
‘Rachael’s award is reward for all her hard work and dedication at COAM – she is passionate and knowledgeable and is now an indispensable member of our team’