Awards Celebrate Best of Northamptonshire’s Heritage
Northamptonshire Heritage Awards announce eight winners
Eight heritage organisations from Northamptonshire were recognised yesterday at the Northamptonshire Heritage Awards which celebrate the county’s outstanding heritage through the work of 50 museums, historic houses and other historic organisations.
At last night’s ceremony, held at the Icon Innovation Centre in Daventry, winners included Kettering Museum and Art Gallery which was named Best Exhibition and Canon’s Ashby National Trust which was recognised as Best Special Project. Canon’s Ashby won the prestigious Historic Site of the Year Category, while Rushden Transport Museum and Railway scooped the People’s Choice Award, a publicly voted category reflecting the population of Northamptonshire’s favourite heritage destination.
Hosted by the Northamptonshire Museums and Historic Houses Forum (NMHHF), a network dedicated to supporting and developing heritage organisations in the county, the awards were hosted by BBC Radio Northampton’s, John Griff, and were also attended by the Forum’s Patron, HRH The Duke of Gloucester. The awards were sponsored by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP) and The University of Northampton.
Jane Baile Chair of the Northamptonshire Museum and Historic Houses Forum said: “It was a fantastic evening, which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. We were delighted to be in the Icon at Daventry. These awards really raise the profile of our member museums and historic houses. We are very grateful to our sponsors, the Northampton University, and to Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership for their generous support which has enabled these awards to take place.”
Kate Dent, Head of Marketing at Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership added: “Northamptonshire has the highest concentration of museums and historic houses in England. The sector plays a vital role in attracting visitors to the county each year with tourism contributing around £900 million to the local economy and supporting jobs.”
The winners of the 2012 Northamptonshire Heritage Awards are:
Best Exhibition: Kettering Museum and Art Gallery
Best Special Project: Canon’s Ashby The National Trust
Work with Children/Young People: Joint winners of Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens and Manor House Museum, Kettering Museum and Art Gallery
Best Volunteer Project: Long Buckby Museum
Best Event for Historic House: Canon’s Ashby National Trust
Best Event for Museum: Wellingborough Museum
Historic Site of the Year: Canon’s Ashby The National Trust
People’s Choice Award: Rushden Transport Museum and Railway
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