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.



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.

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

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