HERITAGE AWARDS


The Heritage Awards are organised by the Forum, and are a chance to celebrate the achievements of museums and historic houses across the county. The Awards both reward achievement and promote the variety of work undertaken by museums and historic houses during the year. They are also a chance to recognise the hard work of volunteers and staff.

This annual event showcases the heritage of the county and is an opportunity to bring members of the museum, historic house and heritage sector in the county together. Winners of the award ceremony in 2010 went on to win in the regional awards.

Entry to the awards is open to all members of Northamptonshire Museums and Historic Houses Forum irrespective of size or how the organisation is funded. The judges look for well-run projects using the resources available, so all the organisations within the Forum have the same opportunities irrespective of their size.




HERITAGE AWARDS 2017

SULGRAVE MANOR, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

Thursday, 20th July

Awards Celebrate Best of Northamptonshire's Heritage


PRESS RELEASE

Heritage Hurrahs for Northamptonshire!

On a golden evening at beautiful Sulgrave Manor, the leading lights of Northamptonshire's heritage organisations gathered together to celebrate their best achievements at the annual Heritage Awards.

The evening was hosted by John Griff from BBC Radio Northampton, a long time champion of the history of our county, and supporter of the Northamptonshire Heritage Forum.

Judges and VIP Guests included representatives from the University of Northampton, Northants County Council and the Northamptonshire Community Foundation. Many regional Heritage organisations were present, including Museum Development East Midlands, Destination Nene Valley, and representatives from both South and East Northants Council. Jonathan Platt and Jim Harker representing the Heritage Lottery Fund, and James Mackaness, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant helped to present the awards.

This year the judges reported that Northamptonshire was demonstrating innovation and excellence in many areas, with the standards of the mainly volunteer run organisations setting the bar high.

Highlights of the award winners include the winner of the People's Choice award, Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway Museum. This category is the only award voted for by the public. The big award, Heritage Organisation of the Year 2017 was won by Spratton Local History Society for their exemplary research, community involvement and website.

Jane Baile of Prebendal Manor and Chair of the Northamptonshire Heritage Forum ended the evening by reporting on a very successful year for the Forum, which has included the integration of the members of the Northampton Association of Local History. Her message was to take advantage of all the opportunities we currently have to promote our organisations, both using the Northamptonshire Surprise website, and all the more usual forms of social media. We all need to let the public know what a wonderful county we live in! Jane congratulated the winners and encouraged all the members of the Forum to consider entering the awards next year.

About the Northamptonshire Heritage Forum

In a county rich with history and heritage, the Forum was created in 2002 to provide a unified voice for its members. The Forum is run by a committee of volunteers dedicated to supporting and promoting the membership, who include museums and galleries, historic houses, battlefields, transport heritage museums, history societies, heritage centres and individuals. The Forum provides advice, access to grants and training, joint marketing and promotion, and the opportunity to meet and share with like minded people. The Forum meets 4 times a year, including the annual Heritage Awards. Current membership includes around 130 organisations and individuals.

The patron of the Northamptonshire Heritage Forum is Earl Spencer

Photograph of the 2017 winners below at Sulgrave Manor



     Best
Exhibition:
Kettering Museum & Art Gallery for 'Comics Unstripped'
and Highly Commended
Daventry Museum for 'Law and Order'
              
     Best
Event:
Historic House
Althorp for their Food and Drink Festival
              
     Best
Event:
Museum
Daventry Museum for Centenary Commemoration of the Battle of the Somme
              
     Heart of the Community
Award:
Kettering Museum & Art Gallery for 'I Love Music' events and exhibition
              
     Best
Volunteer
Project:
Rushden Museum for the new study and research area
              
     Best
Special
Project:
Northampton Museum & Art Gallery for the decanting of their collection in preparation for their expansion works
              
     Best project on a limited budget (£300 max) Northamptonshire Libraries and Information Service for their information boxes on the Battle of the Somme
              
     Hindsight Award for Best Published Work Desborough Heritage Centre for the 'Desborough Scrapbook'
              
     BBC Radio Northampton
People's
Choice Award:
Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway Museum
              
     Heritage Organisation
of the Year:
Spratton Local History Society



HERITAGE AWARDS 2016

BEDE HOUSE, HIGHAM FERRERS, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

Thursday, 14th July

Awards Celebrate Best of Northamptonshire's Heritage


Northamptonshire Heritage Forum announce the winners
Heritage organisations from the County were recognised last night at the Northamptonshire Heritage Forum's annual Heritage Awards which celebrate the County's outstanding heritage through the work of 50 stately houses, 25 museums and other historic organisations.

Northamptonshire has the highest concentration of historic houses in England as well as 25 museums most of which are run by passionate volunteers. This sector plays a vital role in attracting visitors to the County each year.

At the ceremony, held at The Bede House, Higham Ferrers on Thursday 14th July, winners included Towcester Museum who won Heritage Site of the Year and Kettering Museum and Art Gallery who won Best Exhibition. Kettering Museum and Art Gallery also scooped the People's Choice Award, a publicly voted category reflecting the population of Northamptonshire's favourite heritage destination supported by BBC Radio Northampton.

The Awards are organised by a sub-committee of the Northamptonshire Heritage Forum (NHF) a network, run by a volunteer committee, dedicated to supporting and developing heritage organisations in the County.

The winners were chosen by various judges from all walks of life but who have a shared interest in Heritage. The ceremony was hosted by BBC Radio Northampton's John Griff and was also attended by many VIPs including Lord Spencer, Councillor Heather Smith and the Mayor of Higham Ferrers Pam Whiting.

The Awards were sponsored by Museum Development East Midlands, the County Council, and the Northamptonshire Community Foundation and supported by BBC Radio Northampton.



     Best
Exhibition:
Kettering Museum & Art Gallery for "Collections, Connections:so far"
              
     Best
Event:
Historic House
Boughton House - Buccleuch Living Heritage Trust
for "Remembrance and Rebirth: Songs of Montagu"
              
     Best
Event:
Museum
Daventry Town Museum for "British Science Week at the Museum"
and Highly Commended
Wellingborough Museum for "Victorian Wellingborough"
              
     Community
Award:
Boughton House - Buccleuch Living Heritage Trust
for "Creative Writing at the Montegu Monuments"
              
     Best
Volunteer
Project:
Northampton Museum & Art Gallery
for "The Virtual Shoes Project"
              
     Best
Special
Project:
Kelmarsh Hall for "Paint Conservation of the Hall"
and Highly Commended
Canons Ashby (National Trust)
for "Communicating our Cause"
              
     People's
Choice Award:
Kettering Museum & Art Gallery
              
     Heritage Site
of the Year:
Towcester Museum


Photograph of the 2016 winners below at Bede House, Higham Ferrers








HERITAGE AWARDS 2015

ST. PETER'S CHURCH, OUNDLE, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

Awards Celebrate Best of Northamptonshire's Heritage


Northamptonshire Heritage Awards announce the winners

Heritage organisations from Northamptonshire were recognised last night at the Northamptonshire Museum and Historic Houses Forum's Heritage Awards which celebrate the County's outstanding heritage through the work of almost 50 museums, historic houses and other historic organisations. Northamptonshire has the highest concentration of historic houses in England as well as almost 50 museums most of which are run by passionate volunteers. This sector plays a vital role in attracting visitors to the County each year.

At the ceremony, held at St. Peter's Church, Oundle on Thursday 16th July, winners included Oundle Museum who won Best Exhibition and Kettering Museum and Art Gallery who won Heritage Site of the year. Desborough Heritage Centre scooped the People's Choice Award, a publicly voted category reflecting the population of Northamptonshire's favourite heritage destination supported by the BBC Radio Northampton.

The awards are organised by a sub-committee of the Northamptonshire Museums and Historic Houses Forum (NMHHF) a network, run by a volunteer committee, dedicated to supporting and developing heritage organisations in the county. The Awards ceremony was hosted by BBC Radio Northampton's John Griff and was also attended by many VIP's including Councillor Heather Smith and the Mayor of Oundle Councillor Paul King. The awards were sponsored by Museum Development East Midlands, the County Council, the Northamptonshire Community Foundation and supported by BBC Radio Northampton.

The winners of the 2015 Northamptonshire Heritage Awards are:



     Best
Exhibition:
Oundle Museum for "Oundle 1851"
and Highly Commended
Kettering Museum & Art Gallery for "#selfies"
              
     Best
Event:
Canons Ashby (National Trust)
for "A Victorian Christmas at Canons Ashby"
              
     Community
Award:
Kettering Museum & Art Gallery for "Kettering Faces of the WW1"
and Highly Commended
Desborough Heritage Centre for "Exchanging Exhibitions"
              
     Best
Volunteer
Project:
Towcester Museum
for "Volunteers celebrating the history of Towcester"
and Highly Commended
Rushden Museum for "Rushden's journey through the WW1"
              
     Best
Special
Project:
Canons Ashby (National Trust) for the "Brew House Bookshop"
and Highly Commended
Kettering Museum & Art Gallery
for "On the Wagon: Kettering's Temperance Portraits"
              
     People's
Choice Award:
Desborough Heritage Centre
              
     Heritage Site
of the Year:
Kettering Museum & Art Gallery


Photographs of the 2015 winners below at St Peter's Church, Oundle
©Carole Bancroft-Turner




HERITAGE AWARDS 2014

SYWELL AVIATION MUSEUM, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

Awards Celebrate Best of Northamptonshire's Heritage


Northamptonshire Heritage Awards announce eight winners

The Forum's Heritage organisation members from all over Northamptonshire were recognised last Thursday night at the annual Heritage Awards ceremony, which celebrate the county's outstanding heritage through the work of over 40 mainly volunteer run museums, historic houses and other historic organisations.

At the ceremony, held at the wonderful venue of Sywell Aviation Museum and the Cirrus Suite at the Aerodrome on Thursday 10th July, winners included Rushden Museum who won Best Exhibition and Desborough Heritage Centre who won Heritage Site of the year. Kettering Museum and Art Gallery scooped the People's Choice Award, a publicly voted category reflecting the population of Northamptonshire's favourite heritage destination supported by the BBC Radio Northampton.

The awards are organised by a sub-committee of the Forum and the ceremony was hosted by BBC Radio Northampton's John Griff and was also attended by many VIP's including Northamptonshire's new Lord Lieutenant David Laing and the Mayor of Wellingborough Councillor Jim Bass.

The awards were sponsored by The University of Northampton and supported by BBC Radio Northampton and Museum Development East Midlands.

The winners of the 2014 Northamptonshire Heritage Awards:


     Best
Exhibition:
Rushden Museum
for "WW1 Centenary"
              
     Best
Event:
Kettering Museum and Art Gallery
for the Alfred East Art Gallery Centenary re-opening event
              
     Community
Award:
Prebendal Manor & Tithe Barn Museum for "A Zeppelin over Yarwell"
Sywell Aviation Museum for "Young Aviator Tours
and Highly Commended Daventry Museum for "A Wall of Faces"
              
     Best
Volunteer
Project:
Northampton and Lamport Railway Preservation Society
for the restoration of the only 10 tonne W Roller of 1899
              
     Best
Special
Project:
Desborough Heritage Centre
for expansion and development of the heritage centre
and Highly Commended Kettering Museum and Art Gallery for Museum and Gallery signage
              
     Best Project
(limited budget):
Kettering Museum and Art Gallery
for "Kettering High School Centenary" exhibition
              
     Judges
Special
Awards:
Jeyes Heritage and Pharmacy Museum
a unique heritage experience
Canons Ashby - innovative collaboration
              
     People's
Choice
Award:
Kettering Museum and Art Gallery
              
     Heritage Site
of the Year:
Desborough Heritage Centre


Photo of all the winners below in front of 'Heidi' the Hawker Hunter F.Mk.2 plane at Sywell Aviation Museum taken by Malcolm Swinden Photography




HERITAGE AWARDS 2013

BOUGHTON HOUSE, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

The awards ceremony was hosted by BBC Radio Northampton's John Griff.

The awards were sponsored by The University of Northampton and supported by BBC Radio Northampton and The Arts Council of England

The winners of the 2013 Northamptonshire Heritage Awards:

     Best Exhibition:Kettering Museum and Art Gallery
     Best Special Project: Sywell Aviation Museum
     Work with Children/Young People:     Wollaston Heritage Society
     Best Volunteer Project: The Canal Museum Stoke Bruerne
     Best Project on a Limited Budget:     Desborough Heritage Centre
     Best Event for Museum: Wellingborough Museum
     Judges Special Award: Piddington Roman Villa Museum
     Forum Honorary Award: Ioan Thomas from Oundle Museum
     People’s Choice Award: Sywell Aviation Museum
     Historic Site of the Year: Canons Ashby


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HERITAGE AWARDS 2012


Awards presented by HRH The Duke of Gloucester
at The Icon Centre Daventry

Event sponsored by The Northampton University
and Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership

The winners of the 2012 Northamptonshire Heritage Awards:

     Best
Exhibition:
Kettering Museum & Art Gallery Hidden Treasures
and Highly Commended Oundle Museum Sporting Oundle
              
     Best Museum
Event:
Wellingborough Museum
              
     Best Historic
House Event:
Canons Ashby
              
     Work with children
& young people:
Kelmarsh Hall and
Kettering Museum & Art Gallery
              
     Best Volunteer
Project:
Long Bucky Local History Society
              
     Best
Special
Project:
Canons Ashby
and Highly Commended Sywell Aviation Museum
              
     People's Choice
Award:
Rushden Transport Museum
              
     Heritage Site
of the Year:
Canons Ashby



HERITAGE AWARDS 2011


Venue: Harrowden Hall Northamptonshire

The winners of the 2011 Northamptonshire Heritage Awards:

     Best
Exhibition:
Kettering Museum
Brass is for life not just for Christmas
              
     Best
Event:
Wollaston Heritage Society Evacuee Day
and Highly Commended Northampton & Lamport Railway Railway at War
              
     Care of
Collections:
Corby Borough Council
Our Corby
              
     Work with children
& young people:
Desborough Heritage Centre
Growing Bug
              
     Best Volunteer
Project:
Piddington Roman Villa Museum
and Highly Commended Desborough Heritage Centre
              
     Best
Special
Project:
Kelmarsh Hall
and Highly Commended Sywell Aviation Museum
              
     People's Choice
Award:
The Canal Museum, Stoke Bruene
              
     Museum
of the Year:
Kettering Museum & Art Gallery




HERITAGE AWARDS 2010


Venue: Kelmarsh Hall