Lincolnshire Heritage Awards 2016 – open for entries

The Lincolnshire Heritage Forum is hosting the bi-annual Lincolnshire Heritage Awards that showcase the wonderful work taking place in museums, historic houses, heritage sites and heritage groups across the county and reward best practice.  Entering the Awards is an excellent way to raise the profile of your museum, heritage site or project and say a big thank you to your volunteers and staff.

It’s time to blow your own trumpet…

We would like to invite you to enter the awards yourself and/or enter a heritage project that you know of and think is wonderful. This is not the time to be a shrinking violet!   Please have a think about all the different projects, exhibitions, events and other work you, friends and colleagues have been doing between July 2014 during and May 2016 and enter as many categories as possible.   All heritage groups and organisations are welcome to enter the Awards – as an individual site or as a partnership between any number of organisations.

The award entries will be judged in early October by Catherine Wilson, Emma Tatlow (Visit Lincoln Partnership Manager) and David Start (retired CEO of Heritage Lincolnshire).

Please find below everything you will need to enter this year’s awards which will be presented at an early evening ceremony at The Collection, Lincoln on November 16th 2016  following the Forum’s AGM. The Master of Ceremonies for the event will be Melvyn Prior  from BBC Radio Lincolnshire. The ceremony will be attended by local councillors, civic dignitaries, representatives of key funding organisations and local media.   Award winners will receive  an engraved crystal trophy, free 2017 Lincolnshire Heritage Form membership, £100 to support and develop further heritage work and  significant local and regional promotion.

This year’s award categories are:

Inspiration Award -This award will recognize excellence in any project behind the scenes or front of house that has met its aims in an innovative way.  This category encompasses all areas of a museum’s or heritage group’s work but should demonstrate an original approach that inspires others.

Best Project With Significant Volunteer Involvement -This award recognizes excellence in a heritage activity or event that has included significant volunteer hours.  The project need not necessarily be delivered within  a heritage site but if it is it should have benefited that site. The project could be delivered elsewhere and be beneficial to the wider community or other organisations involved in the activity.

Unsung Hero Award –  presented to an individual, team or volunteer who works continuously and tirelessly behind the scenes, goes the extra mile with little thanks or has made an outstanding contribution. Staff and members of the public are able to make nominations for this award. The individual or team needs to:

  • Have shown commitment to their role.
  • Show that they work for the good of the County’s heritage.
  • Have improved a service or user experience.

Heritage Learning Award -This award recognizes excellence for educational work with people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, in order to increase their involvement and engagement with heritage sites. This includes reaching out to new audiences for your heritage site e.g. people with disabilities or caring responsibilities, young offenders or members of other non-visiting communities.

Five Star Award – This category will be selected from all of the entrants to the categories above. One cannot apply separately. The judges will select the entrant that demonstrates excellence in a broad range of categories, e.g. audience development, learning, workforce development, collections, museums development and digital access to collections.  The judges will also recognize contributions to local and regional sustainability.

The entry forms are designed to be easily completed, with guidance notes attached. Just download the relevant entry form by clicking on the individual award links above.

The closing date for entries is Friday 2nd September 2016

Judge’s visits, where applicable, are timetabled for 5th and 6th October.

The Heritage Awards Ceremony is a great opportunity  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.