This year the Heritage Forum is re-launching the Lincolnshire Heritage Awards, with new categories chosen by Forum members at the AGM last November. The Awards will celebrate all of the wonderful work taking place in museums, historic houses and heritage sites across the county and reward best practice.
Lincolnshire Heritage Forum would like to invite you to enter the awards, which will be judged in June by David Sleight (Dean of the Faculty of Media, Humanities and Technology, University of Lincoln), Emma Tatlow (Visit Lincoln Partnership Manager) and Steve LeMottee (Executive Director at East Midlands Museums Service).
Entering the Awards is an excellent way to raise the profile of your museum or heritage site and gain recognition for your volunteers and staff. The ceremony will be attended by local councillors, civic dignitaries, representatives of key funding organisations and local media.
Please find below everything you will need to enter this year’s awards which will be presented at an evening ceremony at Gainsborough Old Hall on Thursday 10th July. The Master of Ceremonies for the event will be Rod Whiting from BBC Radio Lincolnshire. Award winners will receive a plaque and significant local and regional promotion.
This year’s award categories are:
- Best Volunteer Project
- Young People in Heritage
- Best Exhibition
- Best Event
- Best Project on a Limited Budget (£0-£500)
- Inspiration Award (for work with collections, site or a building)
- Best Use of Digital Resources
- Excellence (Awarded by judges from full selection of entries)
(Simply click the links to download the notes for each of these categories)
Please have a think about all the different projects, exhibitions, events and other work you have been doing during 2012 and 2013 and enter as many categories as possible! What has worked really well for your museum and your visitors; special events, open days, new exhibitions, community work, talks and lectures, collections projects, work with schools or other projects with young people?
All Heritage Forum members are welcome to enter the Awards as an individual site or as a partnership between any number of organisations – project partners do not have to be Forum members, or heritage sites but the lead applicant must be a current Lincolnshire Heritage Forum member.
The Heritage Awards Ceremony is a great opportunity for Forum members to get together, catch up with friends and colleagues, share success, enjoy a magical evening and celebrate all the fabulous work taking place in museums and heritage sites across Lincolnshire.
‘Only in Lincolnshire’ – for a bit of fun, we would also like to invite you to submit a photograph with a brief caption showing off what you think is really special about your site e.g. cream teas, cake, garden, people, museum pet, most exciting object in the collection. This is for These will be displayed at the Awards ceremony so that attendees can ‘vote’ for their favourites. Please ensure that you have the permission of any people in these photographs to use their image. We want to create a bank of images that reflect what is special and lovely about Lincolnshire’s heritage sites. Please email your photographs to me on the address at the bottom of this letter or to lincsheritageforum[at]gmail[dot]com. The winner will receive a large box of chocolates to share with everyone at their site.
The closing date for entries will be 9th May 2014.
Lincolnshire Heritage Awards 2014 – How to Enter
Entries will be assessed on the information supplied on the application form and any supporting materials. Please ensure you make it as easy as possible for the Judges to gain an understanding of your organisation and the project you are entering into the awards. They may know nothing, or very little, about your museum.
You can submit the following supporting information:
- Photographs on a clearly labelled CD or by email. Please ensure that you only supply images which you have permission to use or are free of copyright. These images will be shared with the Judges and may be used during the Heritage Awards Ceremony.
- Other supporting information such as press releases, publicity material, feedback from users, visitors, partners, volunteers etc.
Please don’t forget to email a photograph to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for the ‘Only in Lincolnshire’ award, with a brief caption describing what you think is really special about your site e.g. cream teas, cake, garden, people, museum pet, most exciting object in the collection. These will be displayed at the Awards ceremony so that attendees can ‘vote’ for their favourites. Please ensure that you have the permission of any people in these photographs to use their image. We want to create a bank of images that reflect what is special and lovely about Lincolnshire’s heritage sites. Even if you don’t enter any other categories, please do send a photo for this award. The winner will receive a large box of chocolates to share with everyone at their site.
If you need any further information or would like to discuss your application please contact Anita Hollinshead on 07876 166742 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please post 4 hard copies of your application form and supporting information to Caty Collier, Area Coordinator North Kesteven, Voluntary Centre Services, 26 Carre Street, Sleaford, NG34 7TR. The closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday 9th May 2014.
 This is so that we can create folders for the 3 Judges and the Heritage Awards coordinator.