The winners of the Museums + Heritage Awards were last night announced at an annual ceremony which returned to London for the first time since the pandemic began.

Winners in 17 categories were finally announced after weeks of careful deliberation among the judges, and in each category a highly commended nominee was also revealed.

The judging panel was chaired by ALVA CEO Bernard Donoghue, and consisted of Dame Diane Lees DBE, Sara Wajid, Maggie Appleton MBE, Dr Matthew Tanner MBE, Sam Mullins OBE, Caro Howell and Stephen Duncan.

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.

To view the full list of winners and shortlisted organisations, visit the Museums + Heritage Awards website.

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For the first time this year, the ceremony included two new awards, the Visitor Welcome Award Sponsored by Tyg Tickets, and Cafe or Restaurant of the Year.

The Visitor Welcome Award was won by the University of Oxford History of Science Museum’s Front of House Team, while Manchester Jewish Museum’s Café took home the Cafe or Restaurant of the Year award.

The National Trust received the prestigious Special Recognition Award, and Director General Hilary McGrady accepted the award from Bernard Donoghue.

To view the full list of winners and shortlisted organisations, visit the Museums + Heritage Awards website.

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