Awards Winners 2018

At a packed-out glittering awards ceremony the winners of the 2018 Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence were announced. The tension was palpable, as those shortlisted waited to discover whether or not they had been judged a winner!

The ceremony was both uplifting and inspiring as it celebrated and recognised the hard work, determination and resourcefulness of all our museums, galleries and heritage and cultural visitor attractions.

As well as the 13 categories the judges presented a Special Recognition Award to The Wolfson Foundation, which was accepted by Chief Executive, Paul Ramsbottom.

Huge congratulations to all of our winners

Project on a Limited Budget

Winner

Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL, The Whale Weekender


Highly Commended

  • Heritage Learning with Ferens Art Gallery, Explore Art (Under 5s and Families Gallery)

Shortlisted

  • Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery, Illustrating Harry Potter
  • Maidstone Museums, Research & Display of Mummified Remains for 'Ancient Lives'
  • The Natural History Museum at Tring, Dodos: Old Bird, New Tricks

Temporary or Touring Exhibition

Winner

The Salisbury Museum, Terry Pratchett: His World


Highly Commended

  • Science Museum, London, Robots: The 500-Year Quest to Make Machines Human

Shortlisted

  • People's History Museum, Never Going Underground: The Fight for LGBT+ Rights
  • National Trust, Prejudice & Pride
  • Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Eric Gill: The Body
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, You Say You Want a Revolution?
  • National Museums Liverpool / Arts Council Collection, Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender & Identity

The International Award

Winner

Holland Open Air Museum and Kossmann.dejong, The Canon of Dutch History


Highly Commended

  • The Museum of Islamic Art in the Pergamon Museum, Berlin State Museums,The Syria Initiative - Museum as Mediator of Shared Heritage

Shortlisted

  • Museum of South East Demark, Vikingeborgen/The Viking Fortress
  • Canadian Museum of History, Canadian History Hall
  • Vardemuseum in co-operation with Tinker imagineers, TIRPITZ - hidden stories on Danish west coast
  • Denis Byrne Architects + Thirty Three Trees, Derrigimlagh: The Marconi Station / Alcock & Brown Landing Site

Innovation

Winner

Museum of London Archaeological Archive, #ArchiveLottery


Highly Commended

  • Science Museum Group, Space Descent VR with Tim Peake

Shortlisted

  • Tate, Preloaded and HTC VIVE, Modigliani VR: The Ochre Atelier
  • Canal & River trust, National Waterways Museum and Jam Creative Studios, Boats of Every Description: An Interactive Journey
  • National Gallery with Van Gogh Museum, Neue Pinakothek, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Seiji Togo Memorial and Facebook, #SunflowersLive

Permanent Exhibition

Winner

Brooklands Museum, The Brooklands Aircraft Factory & Flight Shed


Highly Commended

  • Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford Museums & Galleries, The David Hockney Gallery
  • The Natural History Museum, Hintze Hall

Shortlisted

  • National Army Museum, National Army Museum Permanent Galleries
  • National Science and Media Museum, part of the Science Museum Group, Wonderlab
  • Haley Sharpe Design on behalf of The Postal Museum, The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
  • Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, The Ashmolean Story
  • The Natural History Museum, Hintze Hall

Educational Initiative

Winner

UCL Museums and Collections, Museums on Prescription


Highly Commended

  • Leeds Museums and Galleries, Exceed Expectations … with objects and artworks

Shortlisted

  • Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Sharing Shakespeare's Story
  • The Royal Parks, Speak Up! The Hyde Park Debating Challenge
  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Summer Club
  • Chiltern Open Air Museum, Literacy Theme Days for Primary Schools

Restoration or Conservation

Winner

The Royal Parks, Brompton Cemetery Conservation Project


Highly Commended

  • Norfolk Museums Service - Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Nelson & Norfolk: The conservation of the Ensign of Le Généreux

Shortlisted

  • National Museums Liverpool, Murillo's Virgin and Child in Glory Conserved
  • Royal Museums Greenwich, Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I
  • London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE, London Mithraeum

Awards Sponsors & Partners

Sponsor of the Temporary or Touring Exhibition Award
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