Museums earn recognition at Northamptonshire Heritage Awards

Kettering, Manor House Museum
Kettering, Manor House Museum
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Desborough Heritage Centre has been announced as Northamptonshire’s heritage site of the year in a ceremony last week which also saw Kettering Museum and Art Gallery pick up three gongs.

The awards, which took place at Sywell Aerodrome on Thursday, July 10, also recognised Rushden Museum and the Northampton and Lamport Railway Preservation Society.

Desborough Heritage Centre’s Belinda Humfrey said she was delighted to win both the heritage site of the year and the award for best special project, which recognised its expansion and development of its Station Road home.

She added: “We have three dozen volunteers and they all work extremely hard.”

Kettering Museum and Art Gallery won the best event category for the gallery’s centenary re-opening last July, the best project on a limited budget gong for its exhibition on 100 years of Kettering High School and also won the people’s choice award.

In a statement, the museum said: “We would particularly like to thank all of you who voted for us in the hotly contended People’s Choice Award at the Heritage Awards last week, which we are so pleased to have been awarded.

“We hope that you will continue to enjoy our programme of events and exhibitions in the future, so thank you again to all who voted for us.”

Rushden Museum won the best exhibition prize for its display on the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The Northampton and Lamport Railway Preservation Society was judged to be the best volunteer project for its restoration of the only 10-tonne W Roller of 1899, while Sywell Aviation Museum shared the community award for its young aviator tours.