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Museums + Heritage Awards 2017 open for applications

Main Image: Fundraiser of the Year Award winner, Bobby Ogogo of London’s Horniman Museum & Gardens

Now in their 15th year the prestigious awards give all museums, galleries and heritage visitor attractions whether large or small, well known or newly established, the chance to be recognised and to be celebrated for the quality of their work

The Museums + Heritage Awards are open for entries and over the coming months will be welcoming applications from hundreds museum and heritage attractions across the UK. Once the February deadline has passed the entries will be whittled down to a shortlist by an esteemed panel of judges made up of seven sector leading lights. They will looking for evidence of ‘outcome, creativity, relation to objective and cost effectiveness’.

“Cost-effectiveness is at the heart of these awards as is creativity and resourcefulness,” said Museums + Heritage director Anna Preedy. “So, if you work in a local authority museum, a national or independent museum, a gallery or a heritage or cultural visitor attraction or perhaps you are a supplier to this sector, this is your chance to have your hard work recognised. These awards really count as they are a direct endorsement by senior industry colleagues whose opinions matter.”

With 11 categories, the awards generate very public recognition for the winners and shortlistees and have been instrumental in helping many to secure funding and support from key stakeholders. Award winners have also enjoyed recognition both locally and further afield as the awards increasingly gain an international profile.

Last year the winner in the Permanent Exhibition category was Surgeons’ Hall Edinburgh for its Lister Project, which you can see in the video below.

Back for the second year is the free to enter Volunteer(s) of the Year Award in partnership with AIM and sponsored by BDRC Continental. This award is a fantastic opportunity to give your volunteers the recognition they deserve and has a very simple and free entry process.

Last year’s Volunteer of the Year Award was shared by the Norfolk-based RNLI Henry Blogg Museum and Bobby Ogogo of London’s Horniman Museum & Gardens.

The winners of the M+ H Awards will be announced at a ceremony at the historic staterooms of 8 Northumberland Avenue, where more than 300 industry professionals gather in the heart of London to find out who has triumphed.

Back for the second year is the free to enter Volunteer(s) of the Year Award in partnership with AIM and sponsored by BDRC Continental. This award is a fantastic opportunity to give your volunteers the recognition they deserve and has a very simple and free entry process.

Last year’s Volunteer of the Year Award was shared by the Norfolk-based RNLI Henry Blogg Museum and Bobby Ogogo of London’s Horniman Museum & Gardens.

The winners of the M+ H Awards will be announced at a ceremony at the historic staterooms of 8 Northumberland Avenue, where more than 300 industry professionals gather in the heart of London to find out who has triumphed.

The submission criteria, entry information and entry form can all be found on the newly designed Museums + Heritage Awards website.

Deadline for entries – Monday February 1, 2017

Winner’s ceremony – Wednesday May 17, 2017, 8 Northumberland Avenue, London

The Categories for the 2017 Awards include:

  • Temporary or Touring Exhibition
  • Educational Initiative sponsored by schoolzone
  • Project on a Limited Budget
  • Innovation sponsored by The Hub
  • Marketing Campaign sponsored by Volunteer Makers
  • Trading & Enterprise supported by ACE
  • Permanent Exhibition sponsored by Martello Media
  • International Award
  • Restoration or Conservation
  • Fundraiser(s) of the Year