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!
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.
Cornwall Museums Partnership (CMP) has launched the very first ‘Cornwall Heritage Awards’, which will celebrate the achievements of museums and heritage organisations across Cornwall.
The awards, which were officially launched on Tuesday 10 October, will give the opportunity to showcase the hard work of museums as well as the staff, volunteers and trustees that support them.
Applicants can enter up to seven awards, which include innovative project of the year, heritage heroes, the family friendly award, the audience initiative award, the Cornish heritage award, project on a budget, and the object of the year award, which will be subject to a public vote in the new year.
Emmie Kell, Director of Cornwall Museums Partnership encourages local museums to get involved in the new awards: “We are excited to be launching such a fantastic new initiative. The Heritage Awards have been designed to recognise and reward achievement, and raise the profile of museums and heritage organisations in Cornwall.
The Awards ceremony will also offer a great opportunity to network with colleagues and build connections with other key industry professionals. The event will be true a celebration of Cornwall’s distinctive cultural heritage.”
The application process is open until Friday 15 December 2017. Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony that takes place on 20 March 2018 at Scorrier House in Redruth.
For more information and to apply, please visit the Cornwall Museums Partnership website.