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.



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:

Oundle Museum for "Oundle 1851"
and Highly Commended
Kettering Museum & Art Gallery for "#selfies"
Canons Ashby (National Trust)
for "A Victorian Christmas at Canons Ashby"
Kettering Museum & Art Gallery for "Kettering Faces of the WW1"
and Highly Commended
Desborough Heritage Centre for "Exchanging Exhibitions"
Towcester Museum
for "Volunteers celebrating the history of Towcester"
and Highly Commended
Rushden Museum for "Rushden's journey through the WW1"
Canons Ashby (National Trust) for the "Brew House Bookshop"
and Highly Commended
Kettering Museum & Art Gallery
for "On the Wagon: Kettering's Temperance Portraits"
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
┬ęCarole Bancroft-Turner