The winners of the Museums and Heritage Awards for Excellence 2013 were announced last night at a ceremony hosted by comedian Sue Perkins.
Considered the BAFTAS of the museum world, the awards recognise the most outstanding and innovative exhibitions and developments at museums and heritage attractions across the country.
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A new award was presented for the first time this year. The Guardian Culture Pros Award searched for the UK's most inspiring museum or heritage visitor attraction.
There were more than 500 nominations and the five recipients of the most nominations went through to a public vote. The final five were Amlwch Copper Bins on Anglesey, Dorking Museum and Heritage Centre, the Museum of London, Stow Maries Aerodrome in Essex and the Grant Museum of Zoology at University College London, with the Grant Museum ultimately triumphing.
Founded in 1828, the Grant Museum is one of the oldest natural history collections in the world. It contains extremely rare extinct animal specimens including dodo bones and the remains of a quagga (an extinct species of half-striped zebra).
The museum has been praised for its blogs and social media work, which feature work behind the scenes at the museum, an Underwhelming Fossil Fish of the Month feature and debates such as “would zoologists survive an apocalypse?”
“This is such a wonderful award – being named by the public as the UK’s most inspiring museum," said Jack Ashby, the museum manager.
"I really can’t think of a more delightful accolade."
Also presented for the first time this year was a Best of the Best award, which went to the Natural History Museum.
Full list of awards and winners:
Science Museum, Hemcrete Museum Store
Customer Service Award
National Trust, Ickworth Lives
Hertford Museum Front of House Team
The Glasgow School of Art
Restoration or Conservation
Douglas D Kent, Saffron Walden for Conservation of Pargeting
The Landmark Trust for Astley Castle
London Transport Museum for Underground Pioneer
Fram Museum, Oslo, for its exhibition makeover Northern Lights Experience & Immersive Dark Walk
The Gallery of Lost Art, Tate
Kiplin Hall, Plate Appeal - It's a Piece of Cake!
The Natural History Museum, Animal Inside Out
William Morris Gallery
The Natural History Museum, Treasures
Project on a Limited Budget
Dimbola Museum & Galleries, Mad Hatter Tearoom and Gift Shop Refurbishment
Derby Museums, The What If? Machine
National Galleries of Scotland, The Nation//Live-Work
Design Museum, Design Ventura
National Centre for Citizenship and the Law, I Pledge
Royal Pavilion & Museums Brighton & Hove, World Stories: Young Voices
Temporary or Touring Exhibition
The Natural History Museum, Scott's Last Expedition
Design Museum, Christian Louboutin Exhibition
Wellcome Collection, Death: A Self-Portrait
Trading and Enterprise
Titanic Belfast, The Titanic Store at Titanic Belfast
Blenheim Palace, East Courtyard Visitor Centre Development
Bury Art Museum, International Touring Exhibition Model
Best of the Best
Natural History Museum
Culture Pros Pick
Grant Museum of Zoology, London