Chiddingstone Castle volunteer honoured with museum award

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Mick Oakey, who works with the Egyptian Collection at Chiddingstone Castle, has received the Volunteers for Museum Learning award for the south east.

He was chosen by judges from the Marsh Christian Trust and staff and volunteers from the British Museum.

The Trust provides grants to registered charities working in the fields of social welfare, literature, arts and heritage, environmental and animal welfare, healthcare and medical research, education and training.

Castle Director Ali Ditzel said: “We are absolutely delighted that Mick has won this prestigious award for his brilliant voluntary work at Chiddingstone Castle.

“Helped by the enthusiasm of Fiona Glossop [the Castle’s Education Officer], Mick conceived and created our remarkable and unique conceptual garden, the Fields of Eternity.”

The area covers an acre and links the landscape of Ancient Egypt in 2,000BC to the castle’s collection of Egyptian antiquities.

A trail of paths running through grasses has been laid out to reflect the banks of the River Nile with ‘tributaries’ leading to features such as a replica of Tutankhamun’s tomb and a giant sundial.

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