ALAN Todd has volunteered for countless hours sharing and preserving the heritage of Maitland.
For more than 15 years, he has helped manage programs, organised exhibitions, run tours and advocated for the city’s heritage.
Now, fittingly, Mr Todd was named the recipient of the the Maitland City Council Volunteer Service Award.
The humble volunteer said it was “terrific” to win the prestigious award on Wednesday night.
“We’ve had nominations from the Morpeth Museum before, but it is the first time anyone has won,” Mr Todd said.
A chemist by trade, Mr Todd found a career change and passion for heritage when he became manager at Grossmann and Brough House in 2001.
After retiring, he began volunteering at Morpeth Museum and has remained there over the past 12 years.
Mr Todd said the council award was a win for the Morpeth Museum.
“The publicity that this award has generated will hopefully make people prick up their ears, and come along to the museum. It’s really important,” he said.
“I enjoy the feedback from visitors. It gives you a good feeling that the people appreciate the work,” he said.
These days, Mr Todd is the current chairman of the management committee and is well known for his special guided tours around Morpeth Museum as well as Morpeth and East maitland.
And if he wasn’t busy enough, three years ago Mr Todd also started volunteering with the RSPCA.
While you're with us, do you know the Maitland Mercury is now offering breaking news alerts and tri-weekly email newsletters? Keep up-to-date with all the local news – sign up here.
Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.