85 guests attended the bi-annual Lincolnshire Heritage Awards on July 10th at a ceremony in the magnificent setting of Gainsborough Old Hall. It was a beautiful summer evening and the Great Hall looked stunning set out with gilt chairs and fine table linen. The event began with drinks and canapés provided in style by Black Peppermint, then the ceremony began.
The event celebrates all the wonderful work taking place in museums, historic houses and heritage sites across the county and reward best practice. The awards, which have been completely redesigned for 2014, were judged David Sleight (Dean of Public Engagement, University of Lincoln), Emma Tatlow (Visit Lincoln Partnership Manager) and Steve LeMottee (Executive Director at East Midlands Museums Service) during a two day tour of Lincolnshire in June.
Speaking at the event, Chair Jackie Goodall said “This occasion allows us to highlight the extraordinary contribution that volunteers make to heritage as they work alongside the enthusiastic, committed people employed across the sector. We strive to preserve our county’s heritage for the future, to share it with as broad an audience as possible, organise exciting and entertaining events and activities plus provide resources and programmes for schools. The heritage sector makes a very significant contribution to the tourism offer in Lincolnshire and this evening is an opportunity to raise awareness and to share some of the wonderful ideas and projects that have taken place in museums and heritage organisations across Lincolnshire.”
Master of Ceremonies for the night was Rod Whiting, Senior Broadcast Journalist at BBC Radio Lincolnshire; he did a marvellous job of both ensuring the evening ran smoothly and entertaining the guests. The Ceremony was to finish at 8.40pm and Rod said his final word at 8.39!
Award winners received a plaque and those that are highly commended will receive a framed certificate.
1. Best Volunteer Project (sponsored by Gainsborough Town Partnership)
Highly Commended: Woolsthorpe Manor
Winner: Alford and District Civic Trust
2. Young People in Heritage
Winner: Caistor Arts and Heritage Centre
3. Best Exhibition (sponsored by Community Lincs)
Highly Commended: Alford and District Civic Trust
Winner: The Collection, Lincoln for the Joseph Banks Exhibition
4. Inspiration Award (sponsored by Visit Lincoln Partnership)
Highly Commended: Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum
Winner: Gainsborough Old Hall
5. Best Project on a Limited Budget (£0-£500)
Winner: Woolsthorpe Manor
6. Best Use of Digital Resources
Winner: Market Rasen Business Improvement Group- Market Rasen Heritage Tour
7. Judges’ Special Awards
These awards were selected by the judges for projects or people they felt were particularly commendable.
Winner: Jackie Goodall, Chair of Lincolnshire Heritage Forum and outgoing Director of Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum for services to Heritage in Lincolnshire.
Winner: Chain Bridge Forge for Outstanding Community Engagement
Winner: Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum
The Lincolnshire Heritage Forum would like to thank the generous sponsors of the event: Gainsborough Town Partnership; West Lindsey District Council; East Lindsey District Council; North Kesteven District Council; Visit Lincoln Partnership and Community Lincs.