About the Awards

What are the Cornwall Heritage Awards?

The Heritage Awards are here to celebrate museums within local communities, across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and within the wider heritage sector. We want to showcase your achievements and celebrate what makes you special. Its a chance to shout about the hard work you’ve done, and give those unsung heroes their much deserved moment in the spotlight.

Who can apply?

To take part in the Heritage Awards scheme your organisation must be a museum, archive or heritage site with a collection that is accessible to the public. Your organisation must have its head office or main premises in Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly.

To ensure we celebrate success across the full scale and breadth of heritage organisations, some awards are limited to smaller organisations, others have separate awards for both small and larger organisations, and some awards will be open to all.

Further details are on the individual application forms, where you will be asked to confirm which category your organisation fits into.

Larger organisations – those with 2 or more full-time equivalent members of staff, or those managed/supported by a larger structure (e.g. The National Trust, CMP Major Partner Museums, English Heritage sites etc.).

Small organisations – Any volunteer run organisation, or an organisation that has less than 2 full-time equivalent members of staff.

If you are uncertain about which category your organisation fits into, please get in touch.

What is the process?

Museums and heritage organisations will be able to nominate something for one or more of the categories using the appropriate online application form. Organisations can submit more than one application for each category, apart from Object of the Year.

The closing date for applications for the 2018 awards was 15 December 2017. Applications will open later this year for the 2019 awards.

The assessment process takes into consideration the scale of your organisation and the impact your project has made in the context of the individual museum. Please make sure relevant details are included in your application so assessors can make informed decisions.

Each category will be shortlisted by an independent panel and overseen by Emmie Kell, Chief Executive of Cornwall Museums Partnership. A maximum of 3 applications will be shortlisted for each award and up to 8 applicants for the Object of the Year Awards. All applicants are informed of the outcome of the shortlisting process by January.

If your project is shortlisted, you will be invited to submit further details in support of your application, such as; background information, visitor comments, photographs or other information. This will form further evidence of your achievements and be presented to the judges for each specific award.

Judging will be undertaken during January-February by the panel of judges. All results will be announced at the Heritage Awards ceremony, date for 2019 TBC. For further information, please read our terms and conditions.

Why should I apply?

The Cornwall Heritage Awards are a great opportunity for you to shout about your achievements. The Heritage Awards have been designed to recognise and reward achievement, inspire pride, raise the profile of your organisation and of all museums and heritage organisations in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The ceremony will offer a great opportunity to network with colleagues and build connections with other organisations. Representatives from partner organisations (such as tourism and funding bodies) will be invited to attend the awards, along with colleagues from the heritage sector.

Everyone will have the potential to benefit from the press and publicity generated around the awards. CMP will be showcasing each category online and will work with Radio Cornwall and Cornwall and Devon Media to generate media coverage for shortlisted museums. Each shortlisted application will be profiled at the awards ceremony and best practice case studies will be produced for the Cornwall Museums Partnership website.

Awards and achievements help to inspire a sense of trustworthiness, pride and credibility. Entering the awards is a great way of offering recognition to your team. Winners of each category will receive a plaque and shortlisted museums will receive a certificate of commendation.

Find out more about the awards and start your application.

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