Entries are now open for the 2024 Museums + Heritage Awards, with new opportunities to win, new judges joining the panel, and a new venue soon to be announced.
Known as the ‘Oscars of the museums world’, the panel of judges will crown a total of 18 winners.
We can't believe there are just 2 days until we open the doors for Museums + Heritage Awards entries! 😲
— Museums + Heritage Show & Awards (@MandHShow) October 30, 2023
Details and guidance for entering can be found on the Museums + Heritage Awards website.
The closing date for entries is 1st February 2024. (An Early Bird reduced entry fee is available this month only).
Museum + Heritage Awards Categories
- Volunteer(s) of the Year (in partnership with Heritage Volunteering Group)
- Sustainable Project of the Year (Sponsored by National Lottery Heritage Fund)
- Sector Impact Award
- Café or Restaurant of the Year
- Innovator of the year Award
- Team of the Year (in partnership with Association of Independent Museum)
- Visitor Welcome Award (sponsored by Tyg Tickets)
- Permanent Exhibition of the Year (Sponsored by Displayways)
- Temporary or Touring Exhibition of the Year (in partnership with Touring Exhibition Group)
- Shop of the Year (in partnership with Association for Cultural Enterprises)
- Learning Programme of the Year (in partnership with GEM)
- Community Engagement Programme of the Year
- Marketing + Communications Campaign of the Year (in partnership with Arts Marketing Association)
- Partnership of the Year Award
- Best Use of Digital
- Restoration or Conservation Project of the Year (in partnership with Institute of Conservation)
- Exhibition of the Year – International (in partnership with ICOM UK, sponsored by BECK)
- Best Use of Digital – International
New additions to the judging panel
Three new judges have joined the Museums + Heritage Awards panel this year. Find out more about the new judges here. The full panel is:
Keith Merrin is the Director of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) overseeing its nine museums which include 3 of the top 5 most visited free attractions in the North East.
Sara Wajid is joint CEO of Birmingham Museums Trust, one of the UK’s largest independent museum trusts.
Bernard Donoghue OBE
Bernard Donoghue has been the Director of ALVA since September 2011 following a career in advocacy, communications and lobbying, latterly at a senior level in the tourism and heritage sector.
Maggie Appleton MBE
Maggie Appleton MBE was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Air Force Museum in October 2014 and took up her post on 12 January 2015.
Deborah Smith is the director of the Arts Council Collection, the most widely circulated national collection of modern and contemporary British art.
Dr Matthew Tanner MBE
Matthew Tanner has worked in the maritime heritage sector for 20 years. He has specialised in bringing maritime heritage to life for non-maritime audiences.
Sally Shaw MBE
Sally Shaw MBE has been the Director of Firstsite, Colchester since 2016. With her team, she has delivered a successful turn-around programme realigning Firstsite with a focused, relevant purpose.
Caro Howell is new to the judging panel for 2018 and in her role as Director of the Foundling Museum, she brings a welcome new perspective to the panel.
Initially joining Historic Environment Scotland as Head of Commercial and Visitor Operation in 2009.