Organisations who submitted entries for recognition at this year’s Awards will discover their fates when the shortlist is revealed on 1st July. This follows a lengthy period of deliberation by a judging panel of prominent industry figures.
Shortlistees will then find out if they have won the ultimate prize at the Awards ceremony on 22nd September. This year, for the first time ever, it will take place online rather than in its traditional format – in line with the appropriate advice from government.
“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 and to shining the spotlight on all of the hard work, creativity and determination that has always been so evident in our museums and heritage visitor attractions,” notes Anna Preedy, director of the Museums + Heritage Awards.
2020 Award categories
The 14 categories for this year’s Awards are:
Permanent Exhibition Of The Year
Temporary Or Touring Exhibition Of The Year Sponsored By Displayways
Limited Budget Project Of The Year
International Award Of The Year, Project More Than £1m
International Award Of The Year, Project Less Than £1m
Shop Of The Year, Turnover More Than £500k
Shop Of The Year, Turnover Less Than £500k
Marketing + Communications Strategy Of The Year
Learning Programme Of The Year
Restoration or Conservation Awards of the Year
Volunteer(s) Of The Year Sponsored By AIM
Sustainable Project of the Year in partnership with National Lottery Heritage Fund
The 2020 Awards line-up was bolstered in January by the addition of the new Sustainable Project of the Year category, established in partnership with National Lottery Heritage Fund.
This first-of-its-kind gong will “provide much-deserved recognition to the heritage organisations and projects which have made great strides, or indeed small but innovative steps, in reducing their environmental impact and committing to sustainability,” according to Isabel Hunt, executive director of business innovation and insight at The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
It also aligns with the Awards’ ethos which last year saw a Special Recognition Award presented to naturalist and museum advocate Sir David Attenborough.