The winners of the Museums + Heritage Awards were last night announced at an annual ceremony in London.

Among the 18 awards at this year’s ceremony was Innovator of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Sustainable Project of the Year award and the newly introduced Team of the Year award, which was presented to National Museums Liverpool’s Housekeeping Team.

Winners also included The National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War was awarded the Judges’ Special Recognition Award.

Hosted by comedian, podcaster and history presenter Iszi Lawrence, the awards took place in a packed west end venue following the first day of the Museums + Heritage Show.

Anna Preedy, Director of Museums + Heritage Awards commented: “What is wonderful about our awards is the vast range of the entrants – varying from large organisations to small museums – it is one of the only opportunities that people from such a diverse selection of museums get to meet, socialise and be recognised for the wonderful work that happens in our sector.”

For a full list of winners, shortlistees, project information and judges comments, visit the Museums + Heritage Awards website.

2023 Museums + Heritage Awards winners

Innovator of the Year

Winner: Meyvaert

Best Use of Digital

Winner: StoryFutures

Highly commended: Barnsley Museums

Best Use of Digital – International (sponsored by Convious)

Winner: Eye Filmmuseum, Studio Louter and Kiss the Frog

Highly commended: City of Kortrijk

Volunteer of the Year (in partnership with Association of Independent Museums)

Joint winners: Leeds Museums and Galleries fy and Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery for David Jutson

Team of the Year

Winner: National Museums Liverpool’s Housekeeping Team

Highly commended: The Coffin Works’ Staff Team

Café or Restaurant of the Year

Winner: Museum of North Craven Life’s The Folly Coffee House

Community Engagement Programme of the Year

Winner: The Cartoon Museum’s Autism Programme

Judges’ Special Recognition Award

Winner: The National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War

Sector Support Award

Winner: Kids in Museums

International Exhibition of the Year (sponsored by BECK)

Winner: Vardemuseerne for FLUGT – Refugee Museum of Denmark

Learning Programme of the Year

Winner: Brooklands Museum and Bourne Education Trust for Learning without Borders

Highly Commended: Historic Royal Palaces for Tower of London School Superbloom Project 2022

Marketing + Communications Campaign of the Year (sponsored by Cabbells)

Winner: Castle Howard Estate Ltd for Christmas at Castle Howard

Partnership of the Year

Winners: Colchester + Ipswich Museums for Joy at The Jobcentre

Visitor Welcome Award (sponsored by Tyg Tickets)

Winner: The Scottish Crannog Centre

Highly commended: Wardlaw Museum

Restoration or Conservation Project of the Year

Winner: Cleveland Pools Trust for the Cleveland Pools Restoration

Highly commended: Hay Castle Trust and MICA Architects for The Regeneration of Hay Castle

Sustainable Project of the Year (sponsored by National Lottery Heritage Fund)

Joint winners: Food Museum and SS Great Britain Trust

Shop of the Year

Winner: The Bletchley Park Shop at Bletchley Park

Highly commended: The Blenheim Palace Shop at Blenheim Palace

Temporary or Touring Exhibition of the Year

Joint winners: Rebuilding Lives: 50 Years of Ugandan Asians in Leicester by Navrang Arts and The Future Belongs To What Was As Much As What Is by English Heritage

Permanent Exhibition of the Year (sponsored by Displayways)

Winner: National Trust for The Children’s Country House at Sudbury

Highly commended: Glasgow Life, Event & Beck Interiors for The Burrell Collection

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