The Sandford Award recognises and celebrates museums, galleries and historic sites that provide high quality heritage learning. Now in its 40th year over 500 sites have received this prestigious quality mark from sites small and large, and run by national institutions and local authorities to volunteers and private owners. The award is non-competitive and is managed by the Heritage Education Trust in partnership with Bishop Grosseteste University. It is independently judged by a panel of heritage sector experts and applicants receive a detailed consultancy report as part of the judging process.
Deadline for entries is Friday 15th February.
A History of the North in 100 Objects has won the Exhibition of the Year Award at this year’s Northern Soul Awards. The awards were created in 2017 to celebrate and reward exceptional culture and enterprise in the North of England, including theatres, productions, venues, small and large businesses, entrepreneurs, galleries, restaurants, publishers and many other projects and companies.
Prizes were awarded in 14 categories with a special accolade for the ‘Northern Soul’ of the Year. Entries were so strong that our judges awarded a number of Highly Commended Awards and made Special Mentions in several categories.
The exhibition was part of this year’s Great Exhibition of the North and celebrated the story of the North through museum collections.
From Museums + Heritage:
Something for everyone! There are 14 different categories to choose from, including the NEW category Partnership of the Year supported by Arts Council England, offering an opportunity for everyone, regardless of the scale or size of project and budget. Cost-effectiveness is at the heart of these awards as is creativity and resourcefulness and we welcome entries from everyone. Have you got some great volunteers? Take a look at the FREE to enter Volunteer(s) of the Year Award in association with AIM, which gives this sector the chance to honour and celebrate the invaluable volunteers! 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.
Give yourself the very best chance for success by watching our 2 minute video on How to Compile Your Entry and also get Top Tips from Chair of the 2019 Judging Panel Diane Lees, Director General of the Imperial War Museum.
Find out more here.
Deadline for entries is Friday 1st February 2019. Could you join the Awards Hall of Fame?
The 17th annual Museums + Heritage Awards will celebrate innovative and ground-breaking initiatives from museums, galleries and heritage visitor attractions across the UK and overseas.
The Awards shine a spotlight on the diversity of this sector, of museums large and small – from the nationals to one-room volunteer-run museums, from iconic buildings and monuments to the great outdoors, all of which have an equal opportunity of winning one of 14 prestigious awards.
Deadline for entry for all categories is Friday 1st February 2019.
The Museums + Heritage Awards are judged by a panel of the sector’s leading lights who are united in their quest to seek out the very best of the best. Hear what the this year’s Chair of the judging panel, Diane Lees CBE, Director General of Imperial War Museums, has to say about these awards and find out what her top tips are for getting your entry application right in this recent interview with her.
From the Museums Association (MA):
The inaugural Museums Change Lives Awards will have three categories for museums: Best Museums Change Lives Project, the Local Hero Award and Best Small Museum Project; and one category for individuals: the Radical Changemaker Award.
The Museums Change Lives award will recognise the best project in the past year that reflects one or more of the themes of the MA’s Museums Change Lives campaign: Promoting Health and Wellbeing; Creating Better Places; and Inspiring Engagement, Reflection and Debate.
The Best Small Museum Project will recognise projects that deliver social impact for museums with an annual turnover of less than £320,000, while the Local Hero Award will be awarded to the best social impact project in Northern Ireland, the host nation for this year’s MA Conference.
The Radical Changemaker Award will recognise the achievements of an individual in promoting one or more of the themes of Museums Change Lives in their museum. This award will be open to staff, freelancers and volunteers from across the sector.
“I think this is a fantastic opportunity for museums to showcase the amazing, life-changing work that they are doing,” says Sharon Heal, the MA’s director. “We think impactful projects and the individuals who drive them deserve recognition, so we’re delighted to be launching these awards and I’d really encourage applications from across the sector, from all types and sizes of museum.”
The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the MA’s annual conference and exhibition in Belfast in November.
The deadline for entries is Monday 8 October at 5.30pm.
Thursday 25th October
IVE will be launching the Creative Families Award, an exciting framework and set of resources, that draw on new academic research developed in partnership with Dr Abigail Hackett, for offering and celebrating meaningful and engaging arts and cultural experiences for very young children (1-4 years) and their grown-ups in museum spaces. The Creative Families Award has been developed to have close links with Arts Award, providing the perfect precursor to Arts Award Discover.
Representatives can get their hands on the resources, hear from Dr Abigail Hackett and the museums who piloted the award, work with the Creative Families Award to develop their early years and family offer and of course, enjoy coffee and cake in the inspiring surroundings of Leeds City Museum.
This event is for representatives from museums and heritage spaces.
Find out more and register to attend here.
Kids in Museums is delighted to announce an eleven-strong shortlist for the 2018 Family Friendly Museum Award. In response to family feedback, our shortlisted museums have created new children’s galleries, built quiet space into their museums with chill out zones and a family snug, curated an exhibition based on toddlers’ choices of art, developed new family activities such as audio Easter Egg hunts and Messy Museum sessions and reached out into their local communities visiting prisons, schools and Sure Start Centres and running a shuttle bus to get people to their site.
Many of the shortlisted museums have seen recent increases in their visitor numbers, with family visitors driving this trend. This shows the impact of placing families’ voices at the heart of museums and how family friendliness can make museums for everyone.
The shortlisted museums include:
Find out more and see the full shortlist at: kidsinmuseums.org.uk/awards.
Nominations are being accepted for the three Marsh Awards 2018 in association with the Natural History Museum, namely, i. Palaeontology, ii. Mineralogy and the iii. Best Earth Sciences (academic) Book of the Year.
The deadline for nominations is the 1st November 2018.
Further information and the respective nomination forms can be found here
The Marsh Christian Trust supports around 300 charities every year through the Grants Programme and gives over 80 different Awards to individuals and groups from across the charity sector, who make a difference to a cause that they believe in.
From Kids in Museums:
There’s less than three weeks to go till nominations close for the 2018 Family Friendly Museum Award. Will your museum be on the shortlist?
Which museum, gallery, heritage site, science centre or historic home gives the warmest welcome to families? The Award – the biggest museum award in the country – and the only one where families pick the winner – is run by charity Kids in Museums. Kids in Museums works with museums nationwide to help them welcome families and children.
Nominations can be made by museums themselves or their visitors. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a giant National museum or a tiny two-room local gallery. It can be volunteer-run or boast a team of curators. It can be best known for its outstanding coin collection or be alive with high-tech interactives (or even better – both!). What matters most is that the museum goes that extra mile to provide an excellent family friendly experience, so make sure you get your nominations to us by Friday 31st May at noon.
The nominated museums will be shortlisted by a panel including Kids in Museums staff, Trustees and volunteers, young people and sector experts. The shortlisted museums will be road-tested by an intrepid group of undercover family judges over the summer. The undercover family judges will judge all aspects of a museum’s family welcome, looking particularly at how it implements the Kids in Museums Mini Manifesto.
Follow the Award on Twitter @kidsinmuseums #FFMA18
How to get involved
Anyone who wants to make a nomination can use our specially created online form.
Nominations can also be accepted by email and post.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us why you think the museum you are nominating should win. If you are sending large documents, please send as hard copy to address below, not as attachments.
Post: Family Friendly Museum Award, Kids in Museums, CAN Mezzanine, 7 – 14 Great Dover Street, London SE1 4YR.
The Family Friendly Museum Award 2018 has been launched, giving you and your visitors the chance to say why your museum, gallery, heritage site, science centre or historic home gives the warmest welcome to families. The Award – the biggest museum award in the country – and the only one where families pick the winner – is run by charity Kids in Museums. Kids in Museums works with museums nationwide to help them welcome families and children.
To find out more, including how to nominate your museum, visit the Kids in Museums website here.