Museums win recognition at awards night

Items from the recent Jubilee exhibition at Kettering Museum and Art Gallery which has been recognised in the county's heritage awards
Items from the recent Jubilee exhibition at Kettering Museum and Art Gallery which has been recognised in the county's heritage awards

Museums in the north of the county were recognised in the Northamptonshire Heritage Awards 2012.

Kettering Museum and Art Gallery won the award for the best exhibition and was a joint winner with Kelmarsh Hall in working with children category.

The award for a best museum event went to Wellingborough Museum and the People’s Choice Award was won by Rushden Transport Museum and Railway.

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

The ceremony was held at the Icon Innovation Centre in Daventry, was hosted by the Northamptonshire Museums and Historic Houses Forum and was attended by its patrol the Duke of Gloucester.

Jane Baile, chairman of the Northamptonshire Museum and Historic Houses Forum, said: “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, said: “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 £900m to the local economy and supporting jobs.”

Other winners were Best Special Project: Canon’s Ashby The National Trust, Best Volunteer Project: Long Buckby Museum and Best Event for Historic House: Canon’s Ashby National Trust.