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 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.
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
- tangible results
- proof of effectiveness
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.
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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.
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.
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:
Read about the full award criteria and eligibility here.
Applications are now 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, recognising their achievements and dedication, as well as the innovative ways they are engaging with the visiting public.
There will be twelve regional winners, each of whom will receive a £500 prize. Additionally, an overall national winner will receive a further £2000. The awards will be presented at the British Museum in September. Last year’s national winners were the Blaenafon Heritage Group Volunteers from Blaenavon Community Museum.
Volunteers are able to apply themselves or museums can apply on their behalf. Multiple entries from the same museum, gallery or heritage site are welcome. To submit an application please visit the British Museum website here. The closing date for applications is Friday 14 July 2017.
The 2015 awards generated a lot of interest and publicity for the organisations and projects that were shortlisted. This year we will host the awards ceremony in front of an international audience at the joint AHI and Interpret Europe conference.
This week AHI focus on two of the five categories in which you can enter your project, site or collection – Interpretation for a Target Audience, sponsored by Colour Heroes, and Museums and Historic properties/sites, sponsored by Minerva Heritage.
One of the 2015 site judges also provides a little advice on what to consider when creating ‘good interpretation’.
Interpretation for a Target Audience
This is for projects where you have identified the need to create an interpretive project for a specific audience. You may be creating something specific for audiences that already use your site, but perhaps you feel that you didn’t communicate to them effectively, or are actively reaching out to new audiences you wish to engage with more fully. Interpretation can be in any medium and be either on or off-site.
Colour Heroes provide bespoke retail, educational or visitor experience resources to captivate family audiences. They create tailor-made activity books, activity packs, trails, maps and guides – from concept through to completion.
“Thanks for your amazing award and kind words about our work. An award of this nature means a huge amount to a small company like ours. We’re delighted.”
Dean Paton, Big Heritage, 2015 category winner.
Museums and Historic properties/sites
This is for a project that is based upon a collection, building or property. A museum is defined as a collection-based organisation rather than the display of objects at a visitor centre. Projects that take collections off-site to places that are not visitor centres are also eligible, e.g.: to schools, roadshows, etc. An historic property/site could be a house, castle, industrial or archaeological site. Projects about extensive historic landscapes should be entered in the Landscapes, Forests, Nature Reserves, Parks and Gardens category, while more discrete sites, such as battlefields, can be entered in either category.
Minerva Heritage provide heritage management consultancy and services for archaeology, interpretation, learning and museums. They manage projects from the concept and research stage through to production and implementation.
“It’s absolutely fantastic to be the recipient of an AHI Award for Eltham Palace. It’s very valuable to us as individuals and as an organisation to have our peers in the sector recognise the projects we undertake.”
Rob Campbell, English Heritage, 2015 category winner.
A message from a site judge
Interpretation that stands out is when you can see that people have ‘dug deep’ to truly find the ‘nub’ of the story and develop a strong theme from that. Careful use of media is very important – so think about whether it adds or detracts from the visitor experience, especially if you are interpreting a special heritage site or an intricate object. Think carefully about digital media also – if you want to create a memorable and immersive experience, can you do that with visitors looking at a 7-inch screen in their palms? And if they can, why would they bother leaving their sofa?
The search is on for people and projects where individual and organisational learning is driving development and transforming the health and care sector in the North West. We want to hear about the part museums can and do play!
Health Education England and Voluntary Sector North West are particularly keen to receive nominations from museums which are working in partnership with either health and /or care partners to deliver innovative project work in the region and to understand this commitment to contributing to individual and community wellbeing. They would like to hear about museum innovation and the people who make this happen. They would also like to hear about how museum work is transforming the lives of the people you touch through your programmes and activity.
These awards will highlight what can be done to enable people to have the knowledge, skills and confidence to play an active role in managing their own health and wellbeing; and how through cross sector, collaborative working partners can effectively support communities and help them harness their assets.
If you want more information on award themes, award categories and how to get nominating now go to: https://www.vsnw.org.uk/nw-health-awards-2017
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