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Shortlist 2021

Congratulations to all our shortlistees! 

The winners will be revealed in an online ceremony at 7pm on 1 July 2021

2021 Categories – Click below to jump to each category.

 

Sustainable Project of the Year

Shortlisted

  • Derby Museums Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill
  • Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museums Wales GRAFT: a soil based syllabus
  • Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds Museums and Galleries Natural Encounters Exhibition Leeds Art Gallery
  • Froglife London T.O.A.D (Tails of Amphibian Discovery)
  • Jubilee Pool Penzance Ltd Jubilee Pool Penzance - first geothermal heated pool in the UK
 

Best Use of Digital – International

Shortlisted

  • Untitled Workers Club on behalf of Visit Flanders The Stay At Home Museum
  • History Center of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff 300 Photos in 30 Days: A Candid Look at Covid-19
  • National Museums Liverpool with National Heritage Board, British Council Singapore and Agency for Integrated Care House of Memories Singapore
  • National Museum of Korea SNMK (Smart National Museum of Korea) Project
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art Met Stories
 

The Pandemic Pivot Award (fewer than 20 paid FTE employees)

Shortlisted

  • Nothe Fort Demonstrating how heritage sites have an important role to play during the pandemic
  • Thelma Hulbert Gallery The Creative Cabin - art and nature on tour
  • Gloucester History Trust Gloucester Looking Up
  • Chawton House Transforming Chawton House: the Covid year
  • South West Museum Development Pest Partners project
 

Best Use of Digital – UK

Shortlisted

  • London Transport Museum Hidden London Hangouts and Virtual Tours
  • non zero one and the National Trust in partnership with Heritage Open Days DAWNS
  • Smartify CIC with Playdead and National Galleries of Scotland Ray Harryhausen at The National Galleries of Scotland
  • The British Museum Expanding Samsung Digital Discovery Centre Virtual Visits
  • Barnsley Museums Going Digital: Barnsley Museums in COVID
  • National Portrait Gallery Hold Still: A Portrait of our Nation in 2020
 

Fundraisers of the Year

Shortlisted

  • The BGI Save the National Videogame Museum Crowdfunding Campaign
  • The Cartoon Museum COVID-19 survival fundraiser
  • Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway The Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway 'Tracks' campaign
  • The Tank Museum The Tank Museum Patreon
  • RAF Museum Adopt an Artefact
  • Charleston Save and Reopen Charleston
 

Volunteers of the Year

Shortlisted

  • The Powderham Volunteers Powderham Castle
  • Terry Woolliscroft's Bottle Oven Art Club Gladstone Pottery Museum, Stoke-on-Trent City Council
  • Bawdsey Radar online retail team Bawdsey Radar Trust
  • Harry and Julian Young The Lion Salt Works Museum
  • Capturing Lives in Scotland's Communities - Student Mentors University of Edinburgh Museums
 

Community Impact Award

Shortlisted

  • Colchester + Ipswich Museums Museum From Home activity packs
  • Royal Mint Museum Reminiscence Box Project
  • Heritage Doncaster Finding History, Health and Happiness in lockdown
  • English Heritage Reverberate
  • The Scottish Crannog Centre Dig the New Breed!! Apprentices and the local community
 

COVID Special Recognition Award

Shortlisted

  • 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

Shortlisted

  • 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
Vote now:

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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International Exhibition of the Year

Shortlisted

  • Museum Southeast Denmark Holmegaard Værk
  • Natural History Museum of Denmark King of Dinosaurs
  • MAS Antwerpen 100 x Congo. A century of Congolese art in Antwerp
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art About Time: Fashion and Duration
  • Centre Screen & Creo Industrial Arts on behalf of the US Olympic & Paralympic Museum United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum
  • Tinker imagineers & Airborne Museum Hartenstein Airborne Experience
 

Best Use of Social Media

Shortlisted

  • Black Country Living Museum BCLM on TikTok
  • York Museums Trust #CuratorBattle
  • The Tank Museum TANKFEST Online
  • The Coffin Works Museum Closed but connected: Taking Risks to Open Up Our Collection
  • National Museums Liverpool International Slavery Museum's Social Media
 

Learning Outreach Award

Shortlisted

  • Leeds Museums and Galleries Closing the Covid gap: LMG Primary School Membership, curriculum planning and Recovery Curriculum
  • Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children's Books Escape, Joy and Recovery: reinvention of a child-centred learning programme in a pandemic
  • Waddesdon Manor When You Wish upon a Star
  • Council for British Archaeology, University of Lincoln Dig School: Enquiry-based learning in archaeology
  • Bumblebee Conservation Trust Bumblebee Education Experience (B.E.E.)
 

Partnership of the Year

Shortlisted

  • Smartify CIC on behalf of The National Gallery and Royal Holloway University of London Exit through the digital gift shop: rapid research and development of a new museum marketplace
  • Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (University of Leicester) on behalf of QHCN Queer Heritage and Collections Network
  • National Museum of the Royal Navy, National Army Museum, RAF Museum, Commonwealth War Graves Commission Joint Operations - A Tri-Service Museum Partnership
  • Chichester Cathedral, Jacquiline Creswell, Ash Mills & 10 Partners The Chichester Nativity
  • Ashmolean Museum with The Oxford Times 'Artists in Residence' Art Competition
 

Restoration or Conservation Project of the Year

Shortlisted

  • St Alfege Church Heart of Greenwich Place and People Project
  • Hampshire Cultural Trust Mr Simpson's Teddy Bears - a bit of joy in dark times
  • The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings SPAB Old House Project
  • Derby Museums on behalf of the project delivery Alliance Partners Restoring Derby Silk Mill to create the UK’s first Museum of Making
  • National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth City Council, D Day Story Landing craft tank LCT 7074 -Rescuing a D-Day Hero
  • Cliveden Conservation and Dorset Museum Reinstallation of Fordington Roman mosaic, Dorset Museum
 

Shop of the Year

Shortlisted

  • London Transport Museum London Transport Museum's Online Shop
  • The Tank Museum The Tank Museum Online Shop
  • The Box, Plymouth City Council The Box Shop
  • Vagina Museum The Vagina Museum shop
  • National Museums Liverpool National Museums Liverpool Online Shop
 

Exhibition of the Year – UK

Shortlisted

  • Garden Museum Derek Jarman: My Garden’s Boundaries are the Horizon
  • Horniman Museum and Gardens From Birth til Death: Scrolled Life Stories
  • Salisbury Cathedral Celebrating 800 years of 'Spirit and Endeavour'
  • The Box, Plymouth City Council Permanent Galleries
  • Nerve Centre and National Museums NI Culture Lab
 

The Pandemic Pivot Award (more than 20 paid FTE employees)

Shortlisted

  • Lichfield Cathedral A beacon of hope during a pandemic
  • Museum of London Project Doors Stay Open
  • Imperial War Museum Victory 75
  • National Trust for Scotland Burn's Big Night In
  • Birmingham Museums Trust Sarehole Mill - Community Shop and Bakehouse
  • Beamish, The Living Museum of the North

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