Museums scoop heritage awards

Weekend Walks: Wellingborough circle walk'Wellingborough Museum
Weekend Walks: Wellingborough circle walk'Wellingborough Museum

Heritage organsiations in Wellingborough, Rushden and Kettering were recognised at the Northamptonshire Heritage Awards.

The awards celebrate the county’s outstanding heritage through the work of 50 museums, historic houses and other historic organisations.

At the ceremony, held at the Icon Innovation Centre in Daventry, winners included Kettering Museum and Art Gallery which was named Best Exhibition and Wellingborough Museum which won the Best Event for Museum award.

Canon’s Ashby won the prestigious Historic Site of the Year Category, while Rushden Transport Museum and Railway scooped the People’s Choice Award, a publicly voted category reflecting the population of Northamptonshire’s favourite heritage destination.

Hosted by the Northamptonshire Museums and Historic Houses Forum (NMHHF), a network dedicated to supporting and developing heritage organisations in the county, the awards were attended by the Forum’s Patron, HRH The Duke of Gloucester.

Jane Baile Chair of the Northamptonshire Museum and Historic Houses Forum said: “It was a fantastic evening, which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. We were delighted to be in the Icon at Daventry. These awards really raise the profile of our member museums and historic houses. We are very grateful to our sponsors, the Northampton University, and to Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership for their generous support which has enabled these awards to take place.”

Kate Dent, Head of Marketing at Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership added: “Northamptonshire has the highest concentration of museums and historic houses in England. The sector plays a vital role in attracting visitors to the county each year with tourism contributing around £900 million to the local economy and supporting jobs.”