Some of Lincolnshire’s best heritage projects were recognised and rewarded at the bi-annual Lincolnshire Heritage Awards on July 10.
Some 85 guests attended the ceremony, which took place at Gainsborough Old Hall and was arranged by the Lincolnshire Heritage Forum.
The awards celebrate the work taking place in museums, historic houses and heritage sites across the county, and reward best practice.
A total of 15 projects were entered for the Awards this year, by 11 organisations.
This year the forum re-launched the awards with new categories chosen by forum members at their AGM last November.
The categories ranged from “best volunteer project” to “best exhibition” and “best use of digital resource”.
The awards were judged in June by David Sleight (Dean of Public Engagement, University of Lincoln), Emma Tatlow (Visit Lincoln Partnership Manager) and Steve LeMottee (Executive Director at East Midlands Museums Service).
The judges all took part in the ceremony, sharing their thoughts on all the projects that they had looked at and presenting some of the plaques and certificates.
Three of this year’s awards were sponsored by local organisations and representatives of those organisations presented certificates and plaques to the winners.
The awards were funded by the Lincolnshire Heritage Forum and Museum Development East Midlands and six sponsors: Gainsborough Town Partnership, Community Lincs, Visit Lincoln Partnership, West Lindsey District Council; East Lindsey District Council and North Kesteven District Council.
Jackie Goodall, Chair of the Lincolnshire Heritage Forum, gave the opening speech. She welcomed guests, describing the role of the Lincolnshire Heritage Forum and thanking supporters.
The winners were:
Best Volunteer Project
Winner – Alford & District Civic Trust for ‘Alford Remembers 1914-1918’
Highly Commended – Woolsthorpe Manor, National Trust for ‘The Light Workshop’
Young People in Heritage
Winner – Caistor Arts and Heritage Centre for ‘Caistories’
Winner – The Collection & The Sir Joseph Banks Society for ‘Joseph Banks, A Great Endeavour – a Lincolnshire Gentleman and his Legacy’
Highly Commended – Alford & District Civic Trust for ‘Alford Remembers WW1 1914-1918’
Best Project on a Limited Budget
Winner – Woolsthorpe Manor, National Trust for ‘A Woolsthorpe Wedding/Wedding Weekend’
Winner – Lincolnshire County Council, Gainsborough Old Hall for ‘Gainsborough Old Hall Wall Painting Conservation & Access Project’
Highly Commended – Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum for ‘The Future of Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum’
Best Use of Digital Resources
Winner – Market Rasen Business Improvement Group for ‘Market Rasen Virtual Heritage Tour’
Judges’ Special Award
To Jackie Goodall for ‘an outstanding contribution to Lincolnshire Heritage’
Judges’ Special Award
To Chain Bridge Forge for ‘outstanding community engagement’
Winner – Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum