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:
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
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