Liz gets Royal approval

The curator of Mansfield Museum is among those on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her services to heritage and the community.

The award was bestowed for Liz Weston’s efforts to involve the public in the museum’s work.

Liz, who has been Mansfield curator for 26 years, said her weekend had been ‘amazing’ and she hoped the honours would help to raise the Leeming Street venue’s profile.

She will receive her MBE at Buckingham Palace later this year.

“I do not know how many of my friends and family can go. It is an honour and it will be nice,” she said.

“My daughter is very excited because is she is hoping (the singer) Adele will be there - but we are all very excited.

“It is nice to receive an award for the work you love doing - I am very passionate about the museum.”

It is not the first time Mansfield Museum has made headlines for its community involvement as it won the Guardian newspaper’s most family-friendly museum award in 2011.

Said Liz: “We are quite well-known for doing community-based exhibitions. We are just about to launch one about industry and we are asking the community to contribute by giving us their memories.

“Perhaps photographs that could tell us about places like the shoe factory, Metal Box, the brewery or mining.”

Liz started her career with museum studies at university then had a spell working at London’s Horniman and Science museums.

“I love everything about the job - it is so varied,” said Liz. “You meet lots of people and we have an excellent education service so hearing the sound of children’s voices is lovely.”

But she added that it was an increasingly difficult career to break in to as a result of Government cuts.

But, Said Liz: “Mansfield is very well supported by the council.”

Another worthy recipient from the Chad area was Pamela Andrews.

Pamela, chairman of Forget-me-not Dementia Support Group of Mansfield and Ashfield, is to be awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for her volunteer work supporting people with Alzheimer’s in Mansfield and Ashfield over the last 25 years.