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

Published: Thursday, 12th July 2018

Kettering Museum and Art Gallery is delighted to have been recognised at the 2018 Northamptonshire Heritage Forum Awards, winning the award for Best Exhibition.

The winning exhibition RA250 was part of nationwide celebrations to mark the 250th anniversary of The Royal Academy of Arts.  This was a tightly fought category with the exhibition beating seven other applications. The exhibition used all three of the gallery’s exhibition spaces. The large gallery showed works from the permanent collection by Academicians, while the small gallery concentrated on works by artists who exhibited at the academy but were never elected Academicians. This section also had part dedicated to the life and work of artist Charles Spencelayh, who spent his last years in the Northamptonshire village of Bozeat and saw loans from The Guildhall Museum in Rochester, Northampton Museum and Art Gallery as well as many private collectors. The long gallery held an exhibition by 4 of the local secondary schools, showcasing the high standards of local young talent at GCSE and A level under the title RA of the Future?

Overall, the exhibition brought in over 2000 visitors including many new and also created new partnerships within the local community. 

The annual Heritage Awards recognise excellence in museums and heritage across the county, and provide a high profile event and media coverage highlighting the work of the county's museums and heritage organisations. The awards ceremony took place on Thursday 5th July at Althorp House.

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 Scott Edwards, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community, Leisure & Youth, said:

“Kettering Museum and Art Gallery winning the 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