Heritage Heroes Award

In March 2018 Cornwall Museums Partnership and SW Museum Development hosted the very first Cornwall Heritage Awards to celebrate and champion the amazing work that’s taking place in our museums.

This week we recognise the invaluable contribution made by the volunteer teams within heritage organisations across Cornwall. Without volunteers, our heritage would not be protected for everyone to enjoy, learn from or be inspired by in the future.

The judges found this a particularly difficult award to judge and wanted to express thanks and appreciation to all the entrants.

 

Joint Winner – Heritage Heroes Award (smaller organisations) Newquay Old Cornwall Society; Archaeology Group

Under the guidance of Sheila Harper this group tirelessly cares for ancient archaeological sites around the Newquay area. Never afraid of hard work, they do everything from clearance to remedial and preservation work and have brought the ancient late Saxon village at Mawgan Porth back off the English Heritage risk register. The group meet throughout the year and undertake site monitoring, provide talks and guided walks and actively encourage others in learning about and enjoying our heritage.

 

Joint Winner – Heritage Heroes Award (smaller organisations) Old Guildhall Museum and Gaol, Looe; Winter Team

The museum was left without leadership when both former curators fell ill and were facing a very difficult future. However, the volunteer team stepped forward and worked tirelessly to care for, identify, research and redisplay the artefacts. The process has enabled the volunteers to completely refresh the museum and learn a lot more about Looe’s heritage which they can share with their visitors. It hasn’t stopped there, they are now working on events and activities to encourage and build new audiences.

 

Highly Commended – Heritage Heroes Award (smaller organisations) The Castle Heritage Centre, Bude; The Castle Archive Team

The archive team at The Castle Heritage Centre are a group of skilled and dedicated volunteers who care for the collections twice a week, keeping meticulous records, recording environmental data and caring for the objects across 3 sites; The Heritage Centre, The Barge Workshop and The Old Forge. The team also support and encourage others, through the return to work schemes as well as work experience initiatives, family history research and public enquiries. It is clear that the volunteers are prepared to go above and beyond for the good of the Heritage Centre.

 

Winner – Heritage Heroes Award (larger organisations) Wheal Martyn; Historic Crane Conservation Project

Volunteers were absolutely at the heart of this conservation project from the very start through to undertaking the work. Following professional conservation advice, Peter and Ray undertook painstaking conservation, working outdoors in all weathers. It was a long and hard job, particularly given the number of pieces the crane was dismantled into. Peter and Ray were later joined by three new volunteers, Ken, Andrew and during the summer holiday Gavin, a student from St Austell College. The project has been featured as a case study in the  Association of British Transport and Engineering Museums Guidelines for the Care of Larger and Working Historic Objects.

 

Highly Commended – Heritage Heroes Award (larger organisations); Geevor Tin Mine; Muckers & Loco Restoration Group

Locos and muckers were used at Geevor to transport rocks underground and the shed where they were repaired is still in operation. Jack, John and Kevin have been enthusiastically restoring the vehicles and have spoken with people who still work in the mining industry and sought the knowledge of former miners and engineers to assist them in their work. The team have worked tirelessly to ensure the project is successful by chatting with visitors and sharing progress on Facebook. They provide an enormous contribution to Geevor and the wider story of Cornish Mining.

 

Highly Commended – Heritage Heroes Award (larger organisations); Helston Museum; Education Pod

Helston Museum Education volunteers take care of all the many school visits to the museum, everything from taking bookings to devising and delivering activities, such as their Victorian schoolroom and evacuee sessions. The team create an immersive learning experience where all participants feel as though they have travelled back in time. They are extremely hardworking and imaginative and were pivotal in enabling Helston Museum to gain a Sandford Award for Heritage Education.

 

Bryony Robins, Museum Development Officer – bryony@cornwallmuseumspartnership.org.uk

Shortlisting completed for the first Cornwall Heritage Awards

The first round of shortlisting for the first Cornwall Heritage Awards was successfully completed on the 12th of January. There are twenty different organisations competing throughout six categories, excluding the Object of the Year Award which is subject to public voting, as well as the Judges Choice Award.

 

The finalists for the six different award categories have been selected by a small shortlisting committee with Ellie Collier, Museums Consultant for Arts Council England, as the Head Judge. Shortlisting judge Lynsey Jones, Museum Development Officer & Accreditation Adviser North West, said: “They were all great projects, with some absolutely outstanding ones, and it was really difficult to try to compare them!

 

The full list of finalists competing for the Cornwall Heritage Awards are:

Innovation Award

Falmouth Art Gallery, Royal Cornwall Museum, Helston Museum, Lostwithiel Museum and Saltash Heritage.

Project on a budget Award

Newquay Heritage Archive and Museum, Trenance Cottages and King Edward Mine.

Cornish Heritage Award

South East Cornwall Museums Forum, St Neot Local Historians and Falmouth Art Gallery

Audience Initiative Award

Falmouth Art Gallery, National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Penlee House Gallery and Museum, Falmouth Poly, Perranzabuloe Museum and Newquay Heritage Archive and Museum

Family Friendly Award

Lostwithiel Museum, Mevagissey Museum and Penryn Museum

Heritage Heroes Award

Geevor Tin Mine, Wheal Martyn, Helston Museum, Newquay Heritage Archive and Museum, The Castle Bude Heritage Centre and Old Guildhall Museum and Gaol Looe

 

Further to the above, awards will be given for two additional categories. For the Object of the Year Award, CMP have partnered with Devon and Cornwall Media to bring the voting process to the general public. You can vote for your favourite object online until the 1st of March, via the Cornwall Live website. There are nine different objects to choose from, each one telling a very interesting and quirky story – from an impressive whale’s ear drum to a piece of the historic Berlin Wall.

Finally, the Judges Choice Award will be given to the excellent project or organisation that the judges feel most merits additional commendation, and it will be selected from applications from the six categories mentioned above.

The next and final judging process will be commencing on 5 February 2018. The winners will be selected by a diverse judging committee comprising of: Deborah Boden; Cornish World Heritage Mining Site, Ellie Collier; Museum Consultant, Tamsin Daniel; Heritage Lottery Fund, Gordon Seabright; Eden Project, Sarah Trethowan; Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership and Belinda Waldock; Software Cornwall and Agile for businesses. The final results for all awards categories will be announced during the Awards ceremony on the 20th of March at Scorrier House in Redruth.

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

About Cornwall Museums Partnership

Cornwall Museums Partnership is a charity that exists to help all museums in Cornwall to thrive. CMP encourages museums to work together, helping create a stronger voice for heritage here in Cornwall.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #HLFsupported.

Photography credits: James Stuart, Lightbox Inc

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Why innovation in museums should be celebrated

When we think about innovation in the arts and heritage sector, we often tend to think about expensive, high-end innovation projects in large museums. But here’s a good question: Can smaller museums be just as innovative? The answer is yes – they can!

We often hear the case of how a 21st century museum should look like, and the one thing that is constantly relevant is innovation and the move towards a more creative and innovative approach. It is, hence, important for museums to stay relevant and to think creatively so they can work more efficiently, effectively and to attract wider audiences.

Cornwall Heritage Awards 2018 – The Innovation Award

The Innovation Award will celebrate projects, initiatives or ways of working which have made museums or heritage organisations in Cornwall more resilient, entrepreneurial or innovative. This might include a ground-breaking fundraising project, an effective partnership which has brought something fresh to your organisation, the introduction of a sustainable solution, or an innovative project or idea that contributed to the financial stability of your organisation.

The award will recognise and celebrate creative and entrepreneurial thinking that has made a difference and contributed to the long-term sustainability of your organisation. The deadline to apply for this award is the 15th of December.

Do not forget: The activity must be a new area of improvement for your organisation, and have been introduced after 1 January 2016.

This category is open to all museums and heritage organisations with separate awards for smaller and larger organisations.

Cornwall Heritage Awards 2018 – Object of the year

Have you ever been to a museum and been mesmerised by a specific object in its collection? I know I certainly have.

Whether you find yourself in a small folk museum, or a large, national, I-need-three-hours-to-see-everything-museum, it is essentially impossible to love every single object within the collection. Different people are usually drawn and attracted  to different objects; the same object that will strike my attention will probably be somewhat passed by most people. I often find myself being captured by an object or painting and spending so much time looking at it, observing it, reading about it and just taking it in. I am sure everyone is familiar with this.

The Cornwall Heritage Awards 2018 – Object of the Year Award

Every collection in every single museum in Cornwall has at least one stellar object, something that tells an amazing story, something iconic or something that’s weird and wonderful. This award provides an opportunity to showcase these amazing artefacts.

Museums can nominate their favourite objects by the 15th of December, and from then on, it is up to the public to decide which object is awarded Object of the Year. We are extremely grateful to Devon and Cornwall Media for making this award possible by public vote, via Cornwall Live.

The story around your object will be as important as the picture – you will need to explain why it’s worth considering, be that because it particularly attention grabbing, of high cultural value or significant to your community.

This award is open to all museums and heritage organisations.

The deadline for award nominations is less than two months away! To see the full list of award categories you can nominate your organisation for, visit our website.