Museums in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will come together this November to celebrate their past year’s achievements at the first ever MiC Awards. Museums that successfully demonstrate their willingness to try new ideas, inspire visitors and take a creative approach to overcoming challenges will compete to win one of six awards.
- A celebration of difference and diversity - LGBTQ+ ‘Bridging Binaries’ Tours with University of Cambridge Museums;
- Entrepreneurship from St Neots Museum, who partnered with a local business to create an incredibly successful ‘Jailbreak’ escape room, now in its third season;
- ‘Survive or Thrive’, a Forest School survival session developed by Flag Fen Archaeological Park near Peterborough, part of Vivacity;
- Six stand-out nominations for Object of the Year, demonstrating the wide range of artefacts, stories and surprises on display in our County Museums.
Have a look at the full list of Awards nominees here.
Cllr Steve Criswell, chair of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Communities and Partnership committee said: “Cambridgeshire is a culture-rich county with a wide range of museums to serve 21st Century museum visitors. From Cromwell to Computers, from Dinosaurs to Dickens, our museums provide a huge range of historic collections and lots of ways for people to get involved. I look forward to joining the Museums in Cambridgeshire group to celebrate their achievements.”
A panel of highly-regarded judges representing a wide range of cultural organisations met in September to select their winners. The Judges will also be presenting the awards. They are:
- Liam Wiseman, Relationship Manager (Museums), South East Region, Arts Council England
Together with volunteer ‘mystery shoppers’ who assessed nominated museums, Liam is presenting the awards for Large Museum of the Year.
- Christine May, Asst. Director, Cultural and Community Services, Cambridgeshire County Council
Together with volunteer ‘mystery shoppers’ who assessed nominated museums, Christine is presenting the award for Small Museum of the Year.
- Sarah Menary, Museum Development Officer, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire
Sarah is presenting the ‘New for You’ innovation award
- Jenny Cousins, Director, Museum of East Anglian Life
Jenny is presenting the ‘Heritage Heroes’ award
- Louise Hubble, Reporter, BBC Look East
Louise is presenting the ‘Project of the Year’ award
- Jamie Everitt, Programme Manager, SHARE Museums East
Jamie is presenting the ‘Object of the Year’ award and hosting the event. Jamie represents SHARE Museums East, the regional development agency supporting museums in the East of England through access to workforce development programmes, funding opportunities and advice.
Museums in Cambridgeshire (MiC), an independent association of 36 County museums signed up to Arts Council England’s Museum Accreditation Scheme. With over 1.2 million visits to Cambridgeshire museums in 2017-18, MIC members continue to add enormously to Cambridgeshire’s appeal as a great place to live, work and visit.
Find out more here.