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Cornwall Museums Partnership

Cornwall Heritage Awards 2022

Cornwall Museums Partnership (CMP) held the Cornwall Heritage Awards 2022 on Wednesday 9 February at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge to celebrate heritage organisations in Cornwall, and recognise the fantastic work done by their volunteers and staff.

This year we received an enormous number of entries with 90 projects, people, and teams nominated from 31 different organisations, large and small. All organisations that submitted a nomination were invited to join CMP at the showground. The awards were also live-streamed on the CMP YouTube channel so that anyone could watch from home. The recording of the live stream can be found here:

The event was hosted by BBC Radio Cornwall’s Daphne Skinnard, with introductions from Emmie Kell, CEO of CMP, and Cllr Dave Crabtree, Chair of the World Heritage Partnership Board and Councillor for Redruth and Illogan.

The core values of the 2022 awards have been inclusion and sustainability. Heritage organisations have a role and responsibility in making our society fairer for everyone, and we all play an important part in ensuring our people and planet are protected. We have documented our efforts to make the Awards as inclusive and sustainable as possible in a series of blog posts on our website.



Organisations nominated their own activities, colleagues, and objects for consideration. Work nominated must have been undertaken since 1st January 2020. This year there were ten award categories. For further details, please see the CMP website.

The theme of this year’s Object of the Year was Untold Stories. It was a chance for heritage organisations to take another look at their collections and celebrate an item that tells an untold story or retells a story from a different perspective. The Object of the Year is the only category to be decided by public vote.


Winner: Isles of Scilly Museum’s Museum on the Move

Highly commended: Queer Kernow’s Map and Royal Cornwall Museum’s Guerrilla Museums: Climate Conversations



Winner: Leach Pottery’s Leach:100

Highly Commended: Wadebridge and District Museum’s FIRE and STEAM and Queer Kernow’s Zine



Winner: Queer Kernow’s Zine

Highly Commended: Royal Cornwall Museum‘s Guerrilla Museums: Climate Conversations and Royal Cornwall Museum’s Day at the Museum


Healthy Team:

Winner: National Maritime Museum Cornwall’s Memories of Falmouth

Highly Commended: Museum of Cornish Life’s Staying in Touch and Saltash Heritage’s Colin’s Bequest



Winner: PK Porthcurno’s PK:150 Connected Collections project

Highly Commended: Isles of Scilly Museum’s Museum on the Move and Lawrence House’s Pop-Up Museum


Heritage Heroes:

Winner: Looe Museum Team from Old Guildhall and Gaol, Looe

Highly Commended: Brian and Margaret Stevens from St Ives Museum and Junior Volunteer Team from Helston Railway Preservation Society


One to Watch (Young Volunteer):

Winner: Michael Jane from Geevor Tin Mine

Highly Commended: Billy Warren from St Ives Archive and Christopher Douglas from Helston Railway Preservation Society


Leader of the Year:

Winner: Petra Stephenson from the Old Guildhall and Gaol, Looe

Highly Commended: Ian Marsh from National Trust West Cornwall and Damon Dennis from Lawrence House Museum


Object of the Year:

Winner: The Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society’s Poly Dip Needle

Highly Commended: Museum of Cornish Life’s Dancing Girl of Naukratis, National Maritime Museum’s Fishwife’s Pattens, PK Porthcurno’s Cable with Gutta Percha and Wadebridge and District Museum’s “Doris” Schooner Half-Hull Model


Spirit of the Awards (overall commitment to inclusion and sustainability, sponsored by Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site):

Winner: Royal Cornwall Museum

Highly Commended: PK Porthcurno and Queer Kernow



In accordance with the Award’s values and CMP’s commitment to sustainability, all the food and drink at the event was vegan. The excellent menu was provided by Tinkers Catering and we sourced our drinks from local companies Camel Valley and Polgoon.
We used a local designer and printer, Roots Press, for the programmes and trophy design. The programmes were printed on recycled paper using soy ink. The trophies and certificates were also made locally by Cut by Beam using FSC certified wood.

Artist Gavan Goulder took wonderful photos of the event and winners, and the AV support was supplied by Clockwork Audio. Clockwork Audio used lights to decorate the room, and table centrepieces were borrowed from the venue, with decoration being made from recycled sari fabric which will now be reused. We chose to decorate the room in this way to avoid the unnecessary waste of flowers and balloons. CMP are thrilled to have been able to support so many local and Cornish companies and artists with the production of the awards.


Thank you for taking part!

CMP would like to thank all the organisations who submitted entries to the Awards and everyone who continuously works hard to look after Cornwall’s heritage, allowing us all to enjoy it.

The Cornwall Heritage Awards 2022 were supported by SW Museum Development, Arts Council England, Cornwall Council and sponsored by Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site.


Cornwall Heritage Awards 2022 – what did you think?

Cornwall Museums Partnership has produced the annual Cornwall Heritage Awards since 2018 and we are always looking to make them as impactful, inclusive, sustainable and enjoyable as we can. However you were involved in the Awards this year, we’d love to hear what you thought so we can keep doing what works well and improve was doesn’t. All answers are anonymous unless you’d like to leave us a testimonial at the end.

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