Top awards for Kettering museum and art gallery

Kettering Museum and Art Gallery has won a string of awards including county heritage site of the year
Kettering Museum and Art Gallery has won a string of awards including county heritage site of the year

Kettering Museum and Art Gallery has won a string of awards including county heritage site of the year.

The museum and gallery was named Heritage Site of the Year at the Northamptonshire Heritage Awards, and also picked up the following title:

Best Exhibition: Highly commended for ‪#‎selfies exhibition ‬‬‬

Community Award: Winner for Kettering Faces of the First World War exhibition

Best Special Project: Highly commended for On the Wagon; Kettering’s Temperance Portraits conservation project and exhibition

The annual awards recognise excellence in museums and heritage across the county, and provide a high profile event and media coverage showcasing the work of the county’s museums.

The awards ceremony took place last month at St Peter’s Church in Oundle, judged by an external panel of heritage experts.

The Heritage Site of the Year award is the highest award and recognises the excellence of all of the museum and gallery’s applications to this year’s awards.

More information about the awards can be found at www.nmhhforum.co.uk/awards.

Acting head of community services at Kettering Council Guy Holloway said: “As there are around 50 organisations which can compete for the awards, this was a tremendous achievement.

“We have over 35,000 visitors a year to the Museum and Gallery and so we know they appreciate the cultural offer on their doorstep. To have this acknowledgment from among our peers is fantastic.”

Kettering Council portfolio holder for community and culture Cllr Lesley Thurland said: “The Alfred East Gallery and Manor House Museum have had a fantastic year of exhibitions and activities and this great achievement highlights the quality of our programmes, projects and exhibitions.

“I’m delighted to see that this year’s award scoop continues the Museum and Gallery’s recent successes in these awards.”