Collections Trust is pleased to announce that Kiplin Hall and Gardens, near Richmond in North Yorkshire, is the winner of this year’s Collections Trust Award and will receive a prize of £1000 to be spent on an agreed collections management activity, plus a special plaque.
In recognition of the tough year the museum sector has had, the theme for this iteration of the Award was simply ‘celebrating recent collections-based work achieved in difficult circumstances’. The winner was revealed on 1 April 2021 during a special Zoom and five museums were also highly commended. They were:
- Experience Barnsley, Barnsley, for its 2020 social history collection redisplay;
- Garstang Museum of Archaeology, Liverpool, for its virtual 3D models of museum objects;
- Gladstone Pottery Museum, Stoke-on-Trent, for its index card digitisation project;
- St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff, for its Collecting Covid project; and
- Verdant Works, Dundee, for its recording industry knowledge of jute processing project.
The Collections Trust Award highlights the often-unsung achievements of those who manage the collections that lie at the heart of all museums. Entry was open to all UK museums that are Accredited or working towards Accreditation, and anyone involved in a project or activity, whether they were a trustee, member of staff or volunteer, could enter on behalf of their museum.
Collections Trust would like to thank all the museums that entered the Award and also the judges, Katie Childs, Shona Elliott, Zelina Garland-Rowan and Camilla Hampshire. Further details of the winning and highly commended projects will be published on the Collections Trust blog in the near future.