Lincolnshire tourism & heritage sites nominated for prestigious Countywide Awards

Lincolnshire Tourism & Heritage Sites Nominated for Prestigious Countywide Awards

Over 100 key members of the county’s heritage community are set to gather for Lincolnshire Heritage Forum’s awards ceremony on Wednesday 16th November at The Collection in Lincoln from 6:30pm – an event celebrating the fantastic work done by museums, heritage sites and their staff members across the county.

Some of the nominees at this year’s ceremony include Lincoln Castle; Grimsthorpe Castle; Belton House and Woolsthorpe Manor in Grantham; Sleaford Museum; Louth Museum; Ayscoughfee Hall in Spalding; Alford Manor; and Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum.

Jackie Goodall, team leader for the awards ceremony, said:

We’re really looking forward to welcoming such an amazing group of heritage professionals to The Collection for our tenth awards ceremony.

The people working within the county’s heritage industry, many of whom are volunteers, work tirelessly to provide the people of Lincolnshire and beyond with an immersive, interesting and educational experience each time they visit one of our sites or museums. It’s because of them that we have so many well-run and well-maintained heritage destinations throughout our great county.

What we plan on doing at this year’s ceremony is recognise the men, women and places that stand out among the rest as some of the very best examples of what Lincolnshire’s heritage industry is all about.

As part of the event, LHF will acknowledge the ongoing success of the county’s heritage sector by presenting awards in four categories:

  • Volunteer Involvement – recognising excellence in an activity/event benefitting a heritage site that has included significant volunteer hours by encouraged local volunteers to take part by offering a range of fulfilling opportunities to get involved
  • Inspiration – excellence in any museum or heritage group that has innovatively met its aims and demonstrated an original approach that inspires others, including working with schools or community groups, an effective marketing campaign, audience development programme or volunteer training
  • Heritage Learning – recognising excellence for educative work with people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, in order to increase their involvement and engagement with heritage sites, including those who may not normally engage with heritage sites
  • Unsung Hero – 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

Judging the nominations will be David Start, Retired CEO of Heritage Lincolnshire; Catherine Wilson OBE, Retired Director of Norfolk Museum Service; Anita Holinshead, Freelance Museum and Heritage Services; and Neville Stankley, Principal Lecturer at the Centre for Public History, Museum and Heritage Management. They will be assisted by Liz Bates from Heritage Lincolnshire.

The Lincolnshire Heritage Forum exists to support, develop and promote museums and heritage attractions in the county through meetings, training opportunities, networking, skills sharing and joint projects and promotional activities. The Forum, like many of its member sites, is run by a voluntary committee elected each year by the organisation’s wider membership.

For more information about Lincolnshire Heritage Forum, visit www.lincsheritageforum.org.uk.

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