In a time of such turmoil and upheaval for the sector, it is perhaps fitting that the annual event which is a staple of so many industry professionals’ calendars cannot take place in its usual format.

Dispensing with the customary glitzy evening event in London, virtual attendees will this year be treated to an hour of online appreciation for industry excellence and Award announcements made by various special guests.

While anyone watching proceedings is more than welcome to put on their evening dress or black tie, this year’s 77 nominees will be the first in the Awards’ history to discover their fates from the comfort of their own homes.

The 2020 shortlist

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“Each year the announcement of our shortlist is a real boon for the sector and so this year, more than ever before, I am looking forward to sharing this good news,” states Anna Preedy, director of the Museums + Heritage Awards.

The event’s online format is not the only first for 2020, with this year’s categories having been bolstered by the addition of the new Sustainable Project of the Year, established in partnership with National Lottery Heritage Fund.

As ever, the Awards would not be possible without the support of generous sponsors. The headline sponsor for the Museums + Heritage Awards 2020 is Chargeurs, with several categories supported by the Association of Independent Museums, Beck, Displayways, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Squint/Opera.


The live stream can be accessed via the Museums + Heritage Facebook page from 7pm on Tuesday. All other details to ensure you’re ready to tune in live can be found here.

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