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Shortlist Announced for Museum and Heritage Awards

London, UK (March 26, 2012) — Museums, galleries and visitor attractions from across the UK and Europe have been shortlisted to receive a prestigious industry accolade at the national Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence ceremony in May.

Innovative and groundbreaking exhibitions have been selected from hundreds of entries across 11 hard-fought categories. Popular comedienne and broadcaster Sue Perkins will be announcing the winners at the glittering Awards ceremony on 16 May at 8 Northumberland in central London.

Now celebrating its tenth year, the Awards recognise projects of excellence ranging from groundbreaking achievements of national institutions to those crafted with limited resources and budget or those championing sustainability.

The Awards are judged by a panel of the sector’s leading lights including: Diane Lees, Director General, Imperial War Museums; Bernard Donoghue, Director, Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) and other leading sector professionals.

Mr Donoghue said: “The Museums + Heritage Awards are so highly valued within the sector because they recognise ingenuity, entrepreneurial spirit, success and integrity. They recognise excellence wherever it is found, from the smallest local museum to the largest, globally iconic attraction. And success breeds success; our award-winners are further inspired by their award to achieve more and push boundaries and this is rewarded by increased visitor numbers, spend, media coverage and deeper, broader, more beneficial partnerships.”

The 2012 Museum + Heritage Awards for Excellence Shortlist

Harrogate Borough Council – The Mercer Art Gallery
National Museums Liverpool- World Museum
The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust – Ironbridge Gorge Museum
Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums – Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
Coventry Transport MuseumMuseum of British Road Transport Trust (Coventry) Ltd

The National Archives, Surrey – The National Archives Virtual Classroom
Epping Forest Open Spaces, City of London Corporation – Discovering Epping Forest (DEF)
Science Museum, London – Science Museum Live on Tour
Historic Royal Palaces, London – All the King’s Fools, Hampton Court Palace
Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives- Time Travel Northumberland

PinPoint Visualisation Ltd, Ascot, Berkshire – Exhibita Pro
The Public Catalogue Foundation, London – Your Paintings
Grant Museum of Zoology, London – QRator: Visitor Participation Through Social Interpretation
Victoria & Albert Museum, London – Five Truths
Glasgow Life – Riverside Museum

Heritage Without Borders, London – Heritage Without Borders, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Chameleon 3 Ltd, London – Mougins Museum of Classical Art, France
Mallinson Architects & Engineers, London – Children’s Centre for Civilisation & Creativity, Cairo
Event Communications, London – Port 24/7, HET ScheepVaart Museum, Netherlands
Bolton Museum, United Exhibits Group – Quest for Immortality: Hidden Treasures of Ancient Egypt, Taiwan

National Museums Liverpool – Museum of Liverpool
British Museum, London – Grayson Perry
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham – Court on Canvas
Historic Scotland – Stirling Castle Palace Project Marketing Campaign
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge – Vermeer’s Women: Secrets & Silence

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National Museums Scotland – The Transformation of the National Museum of Scotland
The Holburne Museum, Bath – Re-Opening and Re-Display of the Holburne
The Manchester Museum – Living Worlds
Glasgow Life – Riverside Museum
Exeter City Council – Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM)
Bristol’s Museums, Galleries and Archives – M Shed

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke – Once Upon a Time
Grant Museum of Zoology, London – Kingdom in a Cabinet: The relocation of the Grant Museum
Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery – Draw Me a Story: The Art of Illustration for Children
Warrington Museum – Bringing the Wow Factor to Warrington Museum

Friends of Windmill Gardens, London – Brixton Windmill
ZMMAWatts Gallery, Surrey
Salford Community Leisure – The Extraordinary Ordsall Hall
Harwell Restoration, Oxford – Fire Damage Restoration of 12,000 objects for Dean Heritage
Centre, Forest of Dean
Historic Royal Palaces, London – White Tower Conservation and Repair

Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust – Children and War
Great North Museum, Newcastle – Hancock – Pharaoh: King of Egypt
The National Army Museum, London – War Horse: Fact & Fiction
Museum of London – Dickens and London
Natural History Museum, London – Sexual Nature
Derby Museums & Art Gallery – Down the Back of the Sofa

National Museums Liverpool – Museum of Liverpool
Turner ContemporaryArtworks, Margate, Kent
Dundee Heritage Trust – From Carriers to Coffins – Jute in the 21st Century

National Museums Liverpool – Museum of Liverpool
Durham Heritage Coast Partnership – Gateway Welcome Initiative
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge – Gallery I
Garden Museum, Lambeth, London – Championing Sustainability in Heritage Traineeship programme
The Dudson Museum, Stoke-on-Trent – Application and Award of Staffordshire Environmental Quality Mark (SEQM)

The 2012 Museums + Heritage Show, sister event of the Awards, takes place at Earls Court on May 16 and 17. For more information about the 2012 Awards, please visit or call 01905 724 734.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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