Kettering Museum and Art Gallery wins Best Exhibition at Northamptonshire Heritage awards

Published: Tuesday, 16th July 2019

Kettering Museum and Art Gallery is delighted to have been recognised at the county’s annual Heritage Awards.

The Museum and Gallery received the Best Exhibition award for the ‘Local Treasures: The British Museum comes to Kettering’ project.

Local Treasures was an ambitious exhibition which saw 3 key British Museum pieces return to the borough they were originally found in.  The 1500-year-old Desborough necklace, the mysterious Iron Age Desborough mirror and a quirky Roman hockey player from Kettering were all displayed alongside 150 items from the museum’s permanent collection. This free exhibition ran from September 22 last year until January 12 this year.

The loans were supported by the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund and the project was part of the first ever UK-wide funding scheme to enable smaller and local authority museums to borrow works of art and artefacts from national collections.

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 4th July at Holdenby House in Creaton, Northamptonshire and was judged by an external panel of heritage experts. 

Guy Holloway, Head of Corporate & Cultural Services at Kettering Borough Council, said:

“This Best Exhibition award is a tremendous achievement in celebration of the Local Treasures: The British Museum comes to Kettering project. This exhibition was a major success, and the British Museum loans were terrific. The positive response from visitors was overwhelming, with many describing the show as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the incredible treasures on view in Kettering. My congratulations to staff and volunteers who have made this happen and have inspired pride in Kettering’s rich history. I would also like to thank the Garfield Weston Foundation and Art Fund for their support.”

Councillor Scott Edwards, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community and Leisure, 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.”