Applying for the Cornwall Heritage Awards: Top Tips

Do you work/volunteer for a museum or heritage organisation in Cornwall?

Do you think your museum is doing great things which are worth shouting about?

Have you applied yet for any of the seven award categories of the 1st Cornwall Heritage Awards 2018? If not, here are some tips to get you started!

Remember: You may submit more than one application for each category (apart from Object of the Year), you can submit the same project in different categories, and you may apply to as many categories and you wish.

  • Before you start doing anything, it is important that you read the Terms and Conditions found on our website.
  • Read carefully the instructions before you start writing. It is very important that you are clear, concise and brief in your writing. Ideally, you want to give the judges an overall idea of your exciting project, but not bombard them with long, unnecessary descriptions and details.
  • Do not exceed the word limit! Remember, the word limit is 150 words, so choose your words wisely. You may alternatively explain your project in bullet points, rather than text.
  • Apply fearlessly, but apply responsibly. Although you are allowed and encouraged to apply for as many categories as you like, you don’t have to do it just for the sake of it. Speak or have a brainstorming session with your colleagues and/or volunteers, write down the projects you are most proud of, and match them with the categories they would best fit in. Easy, right?
  • Have someone proofread your application. Take your time with applying, but don’t leave it until the last minute, because you might end up with a ‘sketchy’, incomplete application. Allow enough time to share your application with colleagues, or even people outside your organisation, in order to double check that everything makes sense.

Last but not least…

  • There are no stupid questions! If you have any queries or you’re not sure about something, do not hesitate to pick up the phone and talk to us. You can speak with Bryony at 01209 500750 or drop her an email.

 

The deadline for applying is Friday, the 15th of December. Hurry!

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.