FAQs 2019

What are the judges looking for?

Hear what Awards Chair, Diane Lees has to say about what the judging panel are looking for and what to include in your entry.

How do I enter?

The entry process is detailed on our How To Enter page. Please be sure to follow the step-by-step instructions carefully and pay close attention to the award category(s) criteria. Failure to do so is unlikely to result in success! Also, take a look at our helpful video below which details what you need to include in your submission:

When is the entry deadline?

All entries must reach the address below by 5.30pm on Friday 1 February 2019. There are no extensions available past this date.

Museums + Heritage Awards
The Coach House
Sharman Road
Worcester
WR1 3LA

Are we eligible to enter?

The Museums + Heritage Awards are open to all UK museums, galleries and heritage visitor attractions and their suppliers, contractors and partners. We welcome entries into the two International categories from organisations around the world.

If you are a supplier, contractor or partner entering these awards, please ensure you have the prior consent of your client (ie museum, gallery or heritage visitor attraction). We strongly recommend that you collaborate with your client to ensure you are providing all of the necessary insight, facts and figures which our judges will be looking for.

All submissions should relate to the period between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018 – so long as your project was open/running/live during 2018 then you are eligible. Please note that you are required to demonstrate outcomes in your entry so bear that in mind.

Can the Entry Paper be completed in another language?

We are only able to accept Entry Papers which are completed in English. Thank you for your understanding on this matter.

How much does it cost to enter?

The following is the payment structure for the 2019 Awards:

one entry = £100 (with the exception of the Project on a Limited Budget category which is £60 and the Volunteer(s) of the Year Award which is free to enter)

all additional entries = £60 each

Our budget figures are confidential. Must I include them?

Yes, we do require you to provide accurate figures but be assured that these will be treated as confidential and will never published. They are necessary to enable the judging panel to asses value, return on investment and scale.

Who are the judges?

The judges have been selected to provide a professional and wide-ranging level of expertise. The 2019 judging panel is made up of some of the sector’s leading lights and this year the Chair of the judges is Diane Lees MBE, Director General of the Imperial War Museum. More information on the judging panel can be found here.

When will the shortlist be announced?

The shortlist will be announced towards the end of March 2019. All entrants will be notified if they are successful or not.

When are the winners announced?

The winners will be revealed at the Ceremony on Wednesday 15 May at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London. All shortlistees are required to have at least one representative in attendance at the Ceremony.

Will I be able to get feedback on my entry?

Awards will be made solely on the discretion of the judges, no feedback or correspondence will be entered into about the results and the judges’ decisions are final.

When is the Awards Ceremony?

The Ceremony will take place on Wednesday 15 May at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London. It is a black tie event and the ticket cost is £190 + VAT.

Do I need to book my tickets to the Awards Ceremony when I enter?

No. It is a requirement that all shortlitstees have at least one representative at the dinner so we will ask you to book your tickets on confirmation of you being shortlisted.

Collection of entry materials

Unfortunately we are unable to return any entry information or supporting materials. However, if you would like to arrange to collect your work please contact [email protected] in the first instance.

Can I submit my entry by email?

We request that entries are submitted by mail. However, in exceptional circumstance we are unable to accept entries by email but please note there is an additional charge of £150 per entry for this. Please contact [email protected] if you would like to pursue this option.

Terms + Conditions of entry

  • The fee for entering the Museums + Heritage Awards must be paid by 1 March 2019, latest. Failure to do so may result in immediate disqualification.
  • Please note all materials sent are done so at the entrant’s own risk. The organisers cannot accept responsibility for delay in delivery or damage to goods.
  • We reserve the right to use the photographs you supply to promote the Awards, our shortlistees and winners
  • You may mark any facts and figures as being sensitive and not for disclosure
  • Please note that all shortlistees are required to purchase at least one ticket to the Awards Ceremony on the evening of 15 May in London.
  • Awards will be made solely at the discretion of the judges, no feedback or correspondence will be entered into about the results and the judges’ decisions are final.
  • Owing to the expected number of entries, it is not possible for support materials or entry papers to be returned by post, however it will be possible for materials to be collected by prior arrangement from either the Awards office or the Museums + Heritage Show on 15+16 May at Olympia London.

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