Museums & Heritage Awards for Excellence 2010: Educational Initiative winners

By Rachel Hayward | 22 May 2010
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Photo showing a space age looking Centre of the Cell interior

© Centre of the Cell, London

News: The winners of the 2010 Museums & Heritage Awards for Excellence have been announced.

Created by The Museums & Heritage Show, the Awards aim to recognise and celebrate best practice taking place within the world of museums, galleries and heritage visitor attractions today.

The winner of the Educational Initiative Award went to Barts & The London School of Medicine & Dentistry for its innovative Centre of the Cell building to promote science amongst young people.

Highly commended were Royal Botanic Gardens Kew for The Great Plant Hunt and Falmouth Art Gallery for Darwin200.

Also short-listed were UCL for Object Retrieval and the British Library for its active citizenship schools and museum partnership project Campaign! Make an Impact, funded by MLA.

"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. 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 and often working within extremely tight budgetary constraints." said Anna Preedy, Director of the Museums & Heritage Show and founder of the Museums & Heritage Awards for Excellence.

The Awards were judged by a panel of industry professionals, including: Bernard Donoghue, Chairman of British Tourism Week, Diane Lees, Director of Imperial War Museum, Matthew Tanner MBE, Director of ssGreat Britain, Marie Roberts, Editor of the M&H Online and Sam Mullins, Director of London Transport Museum.

Read Culture24's report on the Awards and click on the link for a full list of the short list and winners.