It’s that time of year where the evenings are drawing in, museums close for the winter season and there’s time to reflect on the past year’s achievements. This is also a great opportunity to send in your applications for the Cornwall Heritage Awards 2020 – an evening where we will celebrate our museums and heritage organisations.
The Heritage Awards will raise profile within our local communities, across Cornwall, and within the wider heritage sector. It will showcase your best practice and share your great ideas, and what a great way to raise your museum’s profile to your stakeholders and within the media, whilst potentially raising some unrestricted funds. You’ll also hear about some great projects and gain plenty of inspiration for next year.
Lizzy Sharp Asprey; Secretary of Saltash Heritage said “We’ve used the awards as a way of demonstrating our impact to the Council and other partners, plus it’s a great way of kicking off celebrations at our annual volunteer party. It’s been brilliant and we’ll definitely be entering again this year.”
Cornwall Heritage Awards is the only local museum awards scheme that awards prize money to help support your future work. In addition, last year the Heritage Awards generated 10 radio interviews with individual museums and featured in many local press articles with a huge social media reach. And, it helped showcase your brilliant work to local businesses, community partners and heritage sector colleagues and funders.
Bryony Robins, Museum Development Officer for Cornwall says “There’s no doubt without your support and the applications you make, we wouldn’t be able to make a success of the awards. They are assessed by external judges, so we never know what will catch their attention. It’s always worth putting in an application, even if it’s not shortlisted, we might be able to feature it in our publicity campaign, and the application process is very straight forward with a short application form. You really have nothing to lose.”
Applications are assessed separately for larger museums and small community organisations. All heritage organisations with a collection are eligible to apply. Projects must have been undertaken within the last year.
Wishing you the best of luck!