Kiplin Hall and Gardens receives the Marketing + Communications Campaign of the Year at the Museums + Heritage Awards 2022

Now open: entries for Museums + Heritage Awards 2024

Entries are now open for the 2024 Museums + Heritage Awards, with new opportunities to win, new judges joining the panel, and a new venue soon to be announced.

Known as the ‘Oscars of the museums world’, the panel of judges will crown a total of 18 winners.


Details and guidance for entering can be found on the Museums + Heritage Awards website.

The closing date for entries is 1st February 2024. (An Early Bird reduced entry fee is available this month only).

Museum + Heritage Awards Categories


New additions to the judging panel

Three new judges have joined the Museums + Heritage Awards panel this year. Find out more about the new judges here. The full panel is:

Keith Merrin
Keith Merrin is the Director of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) overseeing its nine museums which include 3 of the top 5 most visited free attractions in the North East.

Sara Wajid
Sara Wajid is joint CEO of Birmingham Museums Trust, one of the UK’s largest independent museum trusts.

Bernard Donoghue OBE
Bernard Donoghue has been the Director of ALVA since September 2011 following a career in advocacy, communications and lobbying, latterly at a senior level in the tourism and heritage sector.

Maggie Appleton MBE
Maggie Appleton MBE was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Air Force Museum in October 2014 and took up her post on 12 January 2015.

Deborah Smith
Deborah Smith is the director of the Arts Council Collection, the most widely circulated national collection of modern and contemporary British art.

Dr Matthew Tanner MBE
Matthew Tanner has worked in the maritime heritage sector for 20 years. He has specialised in bringing maritime heritage to life for non-maritime audiences.

Sally Shaw MBE
Sally Shaw MBE has been the Director of Firstsite, Colchester since 2016. With her team, she has delivered a successful turn-around programme realigning Firstsite with a focused, relevant purpose.

Caro Howell
Caro Howell is new to the judging panel for 2018 and in her role as Director of the Foundling Museum, she brings a welcome new perspective to the panel.

Stephen Duncan
Initially joining Historic Environment Scotland as Head of Commercial and Visitor Operation in 2009.

The awards open today, with more ways than ever to recognise the amazing work being done across the sector.