Computing History’s Sam wins Outstanding Young Volunteer award at regional ceremony

Forget the Oscars, the BAFTAs and the BRIT Awards, the glitziest night of the year took place last week with the third annual SHARE Museums East Volunteer Awards held at the Museum of East Anglian Life at Stowmarket in Suffolk.

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It turned out to be a very special evening for Sam Doye, who has volunteered at the Cambridge Centre for Computing History since 2014. Eighteen year old Sam, who is off to study electronic engineering at the University of Southampton this September, won the Outstanding Young Volunteer Award. This award is specifically for volunteers under the age of 25 who have excelled in any of the categories or who have achieved something else exceptional.
Centre CEO, Jason Fitzpatrick said: “I could scarcely contain my delight when Sam’s name was called! His work, in terms of his electronics skills, helping to rig up new displays and fixing broken devices, has been outstanding. We have also been very pleased to see how much he's developed personally in three years as a volunteer.”

Volunteers play a major role in caring for and interpreting our heritage and culture in the Eastern region, ensuring that it is accessible to all. The Awards recognise the immense input volunteers make to the region’s museums, both large and small.

The Centre for Computing History went on to enjoy further success with Chris Monk being Highly Commended in the Learning Volunteer Award.

Jason Fitzpatrick said: “Chris has helped us to revamp our education programme and rebuild the learning section of the website, amongst many other things. His enthusiasm for developing and delivering engaging learning activities has been an inspiration!

“Our volunteers keep the Centre’s heart beating with their energy and enthusiasm! We are incredibly fortunate to have a strong team. I would like to congratulate all those who were nominated for an award this year.”

You can find out more about volunteering with the Centre for Computing History at

SHARE Museums East
SHARE Museums East is the Museum Development Programme for the East of England. It is funded by Arts Council England. SHARE is managed by Norfolk Museums Service and delivered in collaboration with county Museum Development Officers and other stakeholders across the region.

Centre for Computing History (CCH)
The Centre for Computing History is a charitable heritage organisation with a strong focus on learning. Much more than a museum, it hosts hands-on exhibitions, learning workshops and a wide range of events to make the history of personal computing relevant and fun for all ages.

Since opening in Cambridge in August 2013, the Centre for Computing History has made a powerful impact on the educational and cultural life of Britain. We’ve been growing fast and today around 20,000 people a year visit to take part in our learning activities or have fun interacting with the machines in the exhibition spaces.

CCH is currently developing two new Cambridge-related archives: a Sinclair collection and an Acorn collection.


For further information please contact: Elaine Symonds
Tel: 01223 214446 M: 0733179293

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