Museums and Heritage Award 2010 winners announced

By Culture24 Staff | 13 May 2010
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(Above) Simon Calder presents the Classic Award to the Roman Baths, Bath and North East Somerset Council. Courtesy Museums and Heritage Awards

The winners of this year's Museum and Heritage Awards have been announced in a glitzy ceremony at London's Church House, Westminster.

Hosted by broadcaster and journalist Simon Calder, the awards aim to recognise and celebrate best practice within the world of museums, galleries and heritage visitor attractions.

More than 250 industry professionals celebrated the achievements of the 12 category award winners, including the Ulster Museum and the Banksy Vs Bristol Museum exhibition.

"Despite the challenge of these uncertain times, the creativity and determination of this sector has never been more evident and it was a great privilege to be able to celebrate the impressive achievements of so many," said Anna Preedy, Director of the Museums and Heritage Show and founder of the Museums and Heritage Awards for Excellence.

"The event really is one to remember – the diversity of the projects submitted was truly remarkable and it is enormously uplifting to see what a difference so many of them have made in encouraging new audiences to our museums, galleries and heritage visitor attractions."

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Simon Calder presents Martyn Heighton with the Outstanding Contribution by an Individual Award. Courtesy Museums and Heritage Awards

The winners of the Classic Award were the Roman Baths, Bath and North East Somerset Council, who beat off stiff competition from four other organisations including Culture24.

"The Roman Baths, Bath and North East Somerset Council are well-deserving winners of the Classic Award," said Culture24 Director Jane Finnis. "It was a real honour for Culture24 to have been the only digital cultural organisation shortlisted amongst such a prestigious group."

The prestigious award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual, sponsored by visit Britain was won by Martyn Heighton, director of National Historic Ships, who has spent more than 30 years working tirelessly for the cultural and heritage sector.

For details on all the shortlisted organisations and this year’s winners visit the Museums and Heritage website.

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