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Kettering Museum and Art Gallery’s success at Northamptonshire Heritage Awards

Published: Monday, 25th July 2016

Winner of People's Choice Award and Best Exhibition

Kettering Museum and Art Gallery is delighted to have been recognised at the county’s Heritage Awards. The Museum and Gallery was announced as the winner of the People’s Choice Award as well as picking up Best Exhibition for Collection Connections. 

The People’s Choice Award: Sponsored by BBC Radio Northamptonshire and voted for by the people of Northamptonshire. Kettering Museum & Gallery were up against eight heritage venues in the region and are especially proud to win this award as it shows support and commitment from our local community and customers. 

Best Exhibition: Won by Collection Connections. An innovative exhibition that explored the links between the artists represented in our art collection, linked together by a visually stunning ‘tube style’ map. 

The annual Heritage Awards recognise excellence in museums and heritage across the county, and provide a high profile event and media coverage showcasing the work of the county's museums. The awards ceremony took place on Thursday 15th July at Bede House in Higham Ferrers, judged by an external panel of heritage experts.  Heritage Site of the Year award is the highest award and recognises the excellence of all of the Museum and Gallery's applications to this year's awards. More information about the awards can be found at http://www.northamptonshireheritageforum.co.uk/awards 

Guy Holloway, Head of Corporate & Cultural Services at Kettering Borough Council, said: 
“These awards are a tremendous achievement. We have over 35,000 visitors a year to the Museum and Gallery and these awards tell us that our visitors appreciate the cultural offer on their doorstep. To have this acknowledgment from among our peers is fantastic.”

Cllr Lesley Thurland, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community and Culture, said: 
“The Alfred East Gallery and Manor House Museum have had a fantastic year of exhibitions and activities and this great achievement highlights the quality of our programmes, projects and exhibitions. I’m delighted to see that this year's awards scoop continues the Museum and Gallery's recent successes in these awards”