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By any standards 2020 has been momentous.

The pandemic crisis has been all-consuming and has stretched individuals and organisations in previously unimaginable ways. But against the most challenging of backdrops, it has been truly inspiring to witness a collective energy to not only ride out the storm but to seize opportunities, to transform and to challenge. So many individuals and organisations have made such a huge difference and this year’s awards called for nominations.

Hundreds were received and now the finalists are being put a sector-wide vote to find the winners – our museum super heroes. 

Voting closes on Friday 28 May and any votes made after will not be counted.

Voting has now closed.


COVID Special Recognition Award


  • Bernard Donoghue, ALVA
  • Pippa Pickles, Colchester + Ipswich Museums
  • David Green, Florence Nightingale Museum
  • Victoria Ryves, Heritage Doncaster, Doncaster Council
  • Rachel Mackay's Recovery Room
  • Ngaire Bushell, IWM
Vote now:

Vote for the person you think has pushed themselves beyond all normal limits to make a difference to their organisation, colleagues, the wider sector or community during the pandemic. From front of house to volunteers, cleaning teams to the board room, the job title matters not but their effort and determination, does. This sector-wide vote will determine the winner - the Pandemic Pioneer, the COVID Unsung Hero, whatever you want to call them, it couldn’t have been done without them! Voting closes: 28 May

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COVID Supplier of the Year


  • Formed UK: COVID-safe re-opening of museums
  • The Radical Tea Towel Company: showing Solidarity
  • Decision House: visitor recovery insight for ALVA
  • Tricolor Associates: recovery support for many
  • Julius Rutherfoord & Co: COVID-safe re-opening of museums
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For the sector to re-open safely, it needed its suppliers, consultants and freelancers to be agile, creative and focused on delivering solutions. They've done an amazing job helping to save the day by adapting technology and products, delivering precisely what was needed, when it was needed. Their support has helped the sector to reopen safely, to thrive against the odds and to continue operations during lockdown. So, vote now for the company you feel is most deserving of the title COVID Supplier of the Year. Voting closes: 28 May

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