Tagged: Awards

NCA ‘Hearts for the Arts’ Nominations

Deadline: 20 November 2017

The National Campaign for the Arts’ new awards scheme, ‘Hearts for the Arts’, now in its second year, recognises local authorities from across the UK who invest in high-quality arts initiatives.

Samuel West, Chair of the NCA, said: ‘Councils across the country live under real financial pressure, yet the success of these Awards in 2017 shows that arts programmes that unite and delight us can still be driven forward by passionate, committed people. In celebrating them and the essential work of some councils, we want to inspire others to keep the arts at the heart of their communities. Few things can bring us together like the arts can, and we need that now more than ever.’

Anyone can make a nomination, whether you are a member of the public who has experienced an outstanding Local Authority project, work for a Local Authority, or work in the arts sector. There are four categories:

  1. Best Local Authority Arts Initiative
  2. Best Local Authority Arts Champion- Officer
  3. Best Local Authority Arts Champion- Councillor
  4. Best Local Authority Arts Project encouraging community cohesion

Nominations can be made online here.


Museums + Heritage Awards 2018

The Museums + Heritage Awards 2018 are now open for entry!

The 2018 Awards have 11 categories to choose from, including the BRAND NEW Best Shop Award which is split into two categories – Turnover Above £500k and
Turnover Below £500k. Also returning for 2018 is the ever popular and
FREE Volunteer(s) of the Year Award in partnership with AIMAIM.

With these Awards open to all museums, galleries, cultural and heritage visitor attractions and their suppliers, no matter what size or budget, this is an unrivalled opportunity for everyone!

People’s History Museum Announced as Winners of the Family Friendly Museum Award 2017

A Co-op shop with an old fashioned till that everyone can play with, craft tables and a place to make your own placard, a suffragette kitchen to explore, friendly welcoming staff, microscopes to look at bugs in the conservation studio, gender neutral toilets, a shop with an excellent range of pocket money toys and loads of buttons to press and games to play, these are just some of the excellent things that have made the People’s History Museum in Manchester the winner of the Family Friendly Museum Award 2017.

Relaunched in 2010 after a major refurbishment programme and attracting over 100,000 visitors per year, the People’s History Museum is the national museum of democracy. Families were incredibly impressed with how the museum combined local subjects such as the Peterloo Massacre with exhibits about broader themes in social and political history right up to the present day.

Here’s why one family thought their local museum should win:

“We very much felt like they’d tried very hard to make the whole thing very inclusive – a lot of the exhibits echo diversity and inclusion”

The Family Friendly Museum Award is the biggest museum award in Britain and the only one where families pick the winner. To find out more about the winner, and the award, visit the Kids in Museums website here.

The Marsh Awards for Palaeontology, Mineralogy and Best Earth Sciences Book of the Year – 2017

The Marsh Awards recognise unsung heroes who have made a major contribution to the promotion of palaeontology or mineralogy in the UK and abroad. 

These contributions could include:

  • popular publications
  • websites
  • collecting and donation of natural history collections to museums
  • superb preparation or conservation of specimens in public collections
  • artistic or technical innovations

The awards

Three awards will be presented:

  • The Marsh Award for Palaeontology
  • The Marsh Award for Mineralogy
and new in 2017
  • The Marsh Award for Best Earth Sciences Book of the Year

The recipient(s) of each award will receive a certificate and a £1,000 prize.

The awards ceremony will be in the Flett Theatre of the Natural History Museum in London on 8 December  2017. The event is free but registration is required. Please complete and submit the form below by 6 December 2017

Nominations and deadline

Nominations will be accepted for groups or individuals. Groups are eligible for self-nomination.

Please complete the appropriate nomination form and send to M.Richter@nhm.ac.uk, attaching the independent letters of support. The deadline for nominations is 20 November 2017.

More about the Marsh Awards

The awards are the creation of Brian Marsh OBE, chairman of the Marsh Christian Trust, who wanted a vehicle to recognise ‘unsung heroes and heroines’, people who are passionate about what they do and devote their time to improving the world and our knowledge of it.

Since the Trust was established in 1981, the number of organisations it supports each year has grown from eight to over 400. In 2015 the Awards recognised over 150 individuals or groups in the worldwide, applauding their voluntary, professional and group contributions across the fields of social welfare, conservation, the arts and heritage.

Heritage Heroes Awards 2017 Nominations Now Open

Closing date for applications: 30 September

England’s heritage sector simply couldn’t function without the hard work and dedication of its volunteers. Research found that in 2015 8% of people volunteered their time in the heritage, museum or library sectors equating to roughly 4.2 million people. 

Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Heroes Award is the Heritage Alliance’s celebration of the amazing achievements of volunteers.  Now in its eighth year, the award is a wonderful way to raise awareness of the generosity of the sector’s volunteers and to say thank you where they have far exceeded expectations. 

Nominate a volunteer today! The winner receives up to £150 toward travel costs and one day’s pro bono support through practical or professional volunteering from Ecclesiastical. For example, digging, decorating, sharing business management, marketing, communications or HR skills. The exact nature of the support to be agreed with the winner. 

Find out more here.

Groundwork Community Award – Nominations Open

Groundwork is asking the public to nominate community groups to receive a national award at an awards ceremony recognising their work in making their local areas better places to live.

The charity has launched the Groundwork Community Awards as a way of honouring small community groups making a big difference to everyone’s quality of life in their local area and to celebrate and reward groups who often get little recognition and support.

The deadline for nominations is 25 August and the awards are simple to enter via an online system where community groups can highlight their own achievements – or can be Nominate a project to receive an award in one of 10 categories reflecting the huge diversity of projects and services being delivered by community volunteers.

Shortlisted community groups will be invited to attend a national awards ceremony in central London on the evening of 2 November.

About the awards

There are 10 award categories, each reflecting the huge diversity of projects and services being delivered by community volunteers:

Best community group contribution to health and wellbeing

  • Best community group contribution to environmental sustainability
  • Best community group contribution to community cohesion
  • Best community group contribution to education or employment
  • Best community project on a social housing estate
  • Best community partnership with business
  • Best community garden or green space
  • Community leader of the year
  • Young community leader of the year
  • Community group of the year – all round achievement award

For more information: Visit the awards website

2017 Social Buzz Awards

The Social Buzz Awards celebrate and reward the best in social media communications in the UK. By rewarding effective social media campaigns and strategies, these awards give recognition to those who are using social media to communicate in exciting and innovative ways.

Any individual, agency, company or business producing effective social media strategies and campaigns or using social media in an innovative and exciting way is eligible. Applications are open internationally.

Judges will be looking for:

  • evidence of clear strategic thinking
  • innovation
  • tangible results
  • proof of effectiveness
  • creativity.

The deadline for submitting an entry is 1 September 2017.

All entries must have been live to market at some point between 5 August 2016 and 1 September 2017.

Find out more at: 


British Museum Opportunities

NEW: Collections Skills Sharing Session 7 August 2017 – ‘Collections Moves: A Case Study’

Booking is now open for a free collections skills sharing session on Monday 7 August at the British Museum, using a recent emergency decant as a case study for collections moves. The session is for people working or volunteering within the museum and heritage sector, with travel bursaries available for those who might otherwise not be able to attend thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Tickets are free, but booking is essential via Eventbrite.

REMINDER: Marsh Awards – 3 weeks to go!

Applications are still open for this year’s Volunteers for Museum Learning Award, presented by the British Museum and the Marsh Christian Trust. The award celebrates the contribution of volunteers in museums, galleries and heritage sites all over the United Kingdom. Winners of the twelve regional awards will each receive a £500 prize. An overall national winner will also be chosen and they will receive an additional £2,000. Prizes will be awarded at a ceremony at the British Museum in September 2017. For more information and to apply, please visit the British Museum website. The closing date for applications is Friday, 14 July 2017.


Call for Applications: European Museum of the Year Award 2018

Following the announcement of the European Museums of the Year 2017 not too long ago, the entry for the next EMYA and the Council of Europe Museum Prize was opened on 15 May 2017.

Each year museums are not only awarded the EMYA but the Council of Europe Museum Prize, the Kenneth Hudson Award, the Silletto Prize and may receive special commendations.

The Awards are open to museums first opened to the public in the past three years, OR established museums that have completed a substantial programme of modernisation, extension, reorganisation or re-interpretation during the past three years.
The European Museum of the Year Award promotes innovative museum practice and public quality in the European museum sector.

The Council of Europe Museum Prize is a unique award intended to highlight the need to preserve and promote European cultural heritage as a factor uniting the Council of Europe’s 47 member states.

Named after the founder of EMYA, the Kenneth Hudson Award recognises daring or unusual achievements of museums, projects or groups of people that challenges common perceptions of the role of museums in the society.

With the Silletto Prize museums that have involved and engaged with their audiences in planning and developing museum and heritage project are being honored.
Lastly, the Special Commendations will also be given to museums that have developed a new and innovative aspect of their public service and from which other European museums can learn.

EMYA is organised by NEMO’s partner, the European Museum Forum and interested museums can apply for the awards here.

A participation fee of 500 Euro has to be submitted along with the application. Following the application the judging panel will visit the museums in the judging period between summer and autumn 2017.

Further information about the judges and the process can be found here.

Historic England Angel Awards

Now Open for Nominations

Since 2011, the Historic England Angel Awards have recognised the efforts of local people and groups who go to great lengths to preserve their heritage.

The 2017 Angel Awards are now open for applications. You can apply for yourself, or you can nominate another person or group. There are four award categories to apply for in 2017:

  • Best rescue of a historic building
  • Best contribution to a heritage project by young people
  • Best craftsmanship or apprentice on a heritage rescue or repair project
  • Best rescue, recording or interpretation of a historic place

Read about the full award criteria and eligibility here.