Who were the Winners at the Nottinghamshire Heritage Awards 2018!?

‘Celebrating creativity and innovation across Nottinghamshire’s heritage sites’

The Nottinghamshire Heritage Awards 2018 took place on Thursday 14 June, providing the opportunity to celebrate excellence across the county’s museums, historic houses and heritage sites. The awards, arranged by the Nottinghamshire Heritage Forum, recognised innovation, creativity and sheer determination, featuring award entries from organisations across the county.

The awards ceremony took place at Nottingham Trent University’s Pavilion Building at the Clifton Campus on Thursday 14 June. More than 60 guests attended the evening awards ceremony to celebrate the many achievements of Nottinghamshire’s heritage sites over the past two years, as part of the biennial awards.

The 2018 awards received 28 award entries, made by 16 individual heritage organisations- all hoping to scoop an award from a total of 8 award categories. The entries were made by heritage organisations both large and small- from all corners of the county. All of the entries demonstrated the outstanding innovation, hard work and creativity taking place in heritage organisations across Nottinghamshire. The awards were judged by Jayne Nightingale- Partnerships Manager at Visit Nottinghamshire, Rebecca Morris-Buck Alumni Relationship Co-ordinator at Nottingham Trent University and Dr Katharina Massing- Lecturer in Museum and Heritage Studies at Nottingham Trent University. The judging panel were particularly impressed with the variety of entries, many of which benefited local community audiences, and showcased new ideas for engaging visitors of all ages. Tough decisions were made by the judges, from applications, plus supporting photographs and feedback put forward by entrants.

John Holmes of BBC Radio Nottingham presented a celebratory awards ceremony, which showcased a snapshot of each of the award entrants’ projects and provided a broad and inspirational picture of the fantastic projects undertaken across the county over the past two years.

The awards ceremony was preceded in the day by the Nottinghamshire Heritage Forum Conference 2018, which was attended by many of the entrants, as well as wider heritage organisations, and concluded with a light-hearted Nottinghamshire Heritage Quiz before the evening awards ceremony.

This year’s awards featured a total of eight award categories, plus two judges’ special awards. Each of the award winners received a trophy. The Winners were…

Surviving and Thriving Award:
Winner: Canalside Heritage Centre Trust

Volunteer Power Award:
Special Commendation: Canalside Heritage Centre Trust
Winner: Green’s Mill and Science Centre

Best Event:
Winner: Mansfield Museum

Best Exhibition:
Special Commendation: National Justice Museum
Winner: Mansfield Museum

Collections Development Award:
Winner: Bassetlaw Museum

New Audiences Award:
Winner: Mr Straw’s House (National Trust)

Best Nottingham Trent University Student Poster:
Alexandra Gregory

Nottinghamshire Heritage Site of the Year 2018:
Winner: Mr Straw’s House (National Trust)

Judges Special Awards
Bilsthorpe Heritage Museum: For Achieving Arts Council England Accreditation:
Clumber Park: For Creative Volunteer Engagement:

The awards, organised by the Nottinghamshire Heritage Forum, would not have been possible without sponsorship from Nottingham Trent University and Museum Development East Midlands, plus the generous assistance of John Holmes of BBC Radio Nottingham and this year’s judges Jayne Nightingale of Visit Nottinghamshire and Rebecca Morris-Buck and Dr Katharina Massing of Nottingham Trent University. The awards were organised in conjunction with support from Culture Syndicates CIC.