Betty started volunteering at Middleton Hall with her husband, Geoff, in 1985. Middleton Hall Trust was founded in 1980 so when the Fox’s joined the team, the restoration works had only just begun. Geoff Fox put his carpentry skills to use as a maintenance volunteer and is responsible for the wooden spindles along the Great Hall staircase. Likewise, Betty has done everything from working in the tea rooms, leading guided tours and being a trustee; to researching our history, welcoming our visitors and selling mulled wine at the Christmas Market. Betty has seen the Hall grow from a derelict ruin to a restored manor house open to the public as a heritage site. She is the longest running female volunteer at Middleton Hall Trust. At the age of 85, Betty dedicates several days a week to supporting the Trust through her role as both a Visitor Engagement Volunteer and a Trustee. Her creativity, intelligence and all-round dedication have led to her being nominated for the Heritage category of the North Warwickshire Volunteer Awards.
Betty proudly standing with her new exhibition and beautiful needlework.
One of Betty’s most recent big achievements was creating a brand-new exhibition called ‘Presents for Queen Elizabeth’. Queen Elizabeth visited Middleton Hall in 1575 to knight Sir Thomas Willoughby and the Willoughby’s attempted to stay in her good favour by sending her New Years’ gifts. The list of gifts sent to her by the Willoughby’s was discovered in our archive and Betty has hand-crafted replicas of these gifts using her exemplary needlework skills. The detail, delicacy and beauty of the items created highlights Betty’s commitment, skill and passion for Middleton Hall.
Thank you, Betty and good luck for the awards!