Kettering Museum and Art Gallery scooped the ‘Best Exhibition’ gong at an awards event recognising Northamptonshire’s outstanding heritage.
The museum took the top prize at the Northamptonshire Museum and Historic Houses Forum’s (NMHHF) Heritage Awards last week for its American Arrivals exhibition, which it hosted in autumn 2012.
The awards, held at Boughton House and hosted by BBC Radio’s John Griff, celebrated the work of about 50 museums, historic homes and organisations across the county.
Carole Bancroft-Turner, from the NMHHF, said: “Northamptonshire has the highest concentration of historic houses in England as well as almost 50 museums.
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.
Other winners from our area included Sywell Aviation Museum, who won Best Special Project and Desborough Heritage Centre who won
Best Project on a Limited Budget.
The Forum’s Honorary Award was given to Ioan Thomas from Oundle Museum.
The organisers said: “He played an important part in the setting up of the forum.
“His energy and enthusiasm for the heritage of the county and the forum has left a legacy of this successful organisation which we felt needed to be acknowledged.”
The awards were attended by a number of VIPs including Cllr Kelli Watts, the Mayor of Kettering, Cllr Paul Bell from Northampton County Council and Dr Delia Heneghan and Dr Jim Beach from The University of Northampton.
The full list of winners was:
Best Exhibition: Kettering Museum and Art Gallery
Best Special Project: Sywell Aviation Museum
Work with Children/Young People: Wollaston Heritage Society
Best Volunteer Project: The Canal Museum Stoke Bruerne
Best Project on a Limited Budget: Desborough Heritage Centre
Best Event for Museum: Wellingborough Museum
Judges Special Award: Piddington Roman Villa Museum
Forum Honorary Award: Ioan Thomas from Oundle Museum
People’s Choice Award: Sywell Aviation Museum
Historic Site of the Year: Canons Ashby