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

Published: Friday, 28th July 2017

Museum & Gallery wins Community Award & Best Exhibition!

Kettering Museum and Art Gallery is delighted to have been recognised at the Northamptonshire Heritage Awards. The Museum and Gallery was announced as the winner of the Community Award as well as picking up Best Exhibition for Comics Unstripped. 

Community Award: This was awarded for the 'I Love Music: Kettering' exhibition at the Manor House Museum and events that took place in summer 2016. Over 5,000 people engaged with the project, which featured the history of music produced by Kettering artists from the 1950s until the present day. 

Best Exhibition: Won by Comics Unstripped: an innovative exhibition at the Alfred East Art Gallery that looked at graphic art from the 18th century up to the present day. The exhibition featured a comic mural as well as workshops for young people. This was a tightly fought category with the exhibition beating 7 other applications. 

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 and heritage organisations. The awards ceremony took place on Thursday 20th July at Sulgrave Manor. 

Guy Holloway, Head of Corporate & Cultural Services at Kettering Borough Council, said: 
“These awards are a tremendous achievement. It tells us that the many thousands of visitors we have at the Museum and Gallery each year appreciate the cultural offer on their doorstep. To have this acknowledgement is fantastic.”

Councillor Lloyd Bunday, Kettering Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community and Leisure, said:
“Kettering Museum and Art Gallery winning the Community Award and Best Exhibition highlights the quality of the programmes, projects and exhibitions on offer throughout the year. I am delighted that they have been recognised by the Heritage Awards and proud of the varied events they constantly provide.”

More information about the awards can be found at