Kettering Museum and Art Gallery are Award Winners!
Published Wednesday, 15 June 2011
Kettering Borough Council's Museum and Gallery is the 'Museum of the Year 2011'
They also won the category Best Exhibition for the popular 'Brass is for Life, not Just for Christmas,' which was on display at the Manor House Museum from December 2010 to January 2011. The exhibition received hundreds of new visitors and exceptional feedback as it gave visitors a chance to play a musical instrument and find out about our local legacy of brass bands. Many thanks are due to the Gretton Silver Band and Kettering Town Silver Band for getting involved with this award winning exhibition.
And they were runners up in the Peoples Choice public vote which was won by the Canal Museum, Stoke Bruerne.
Valerie Hitchman Head of Community Services said: 'There are about 50 museums in the county and it is wonderful that this year the judges and our visitors have decided that the we should receive these awards. Thank you to everyone that voted for us in the Peoples Choice'.
Councillor Steve Bellamy portfolio holder for Community and Culture said:' the judges were particularly impressed with the work we have done to attract family volunteers and the value for money of the service. To win The Museum of the Year is wonderful but to have also won the Best Exhibition and be a runner up in the Peoples Choice is an incredible achievement.
The Alfred East Gallery and Manor House Museum have had a fantastic year of exhibitions and activities that have been popular with families looking for things to do. They have also been able to attract families into volunteering and helping to put on their own exhibition.
There were 13 museums from the county in the running for the People's Choice Award so to help the public decide who their winner is BBC Radio Northampton showcased the nominated museums on the John Griff Show.
The aim of the Heritage Awards is to recognise excellence in museums and heritage across the county, and to provide a high profile event and media coverage showcasing the work of the county's museums.
2011 marks the 7th year of the awards
Further information on events and exhibitions at the museum and gallery can be found by visiting www.kettering.gov.uk/museums, emailing email@example.com or telephoning 01536 534219.