The Collections Trust Award recognises the often-unsung achievements of those who manage the collections that lie at the heart of all museums. That well-deserved recognition comes with a cash award of £1,000 for the winning museum.
The theme of this year’s award responds to the Museum Association’s recent Empowering collections report. If you haven’t read it already, we thoroughly recommend you do. Above all, the report calls for a culture change in museums and collections practice:
‘Museums and the people that work in and with them need to expand on the idea of basic collections work, prioritising projects that are ‘use-led’, with clearly identifiable outcomes and high levels of participation with museum users and communities.‘
We agree and want to hear about your use-led collections projects.
Entering is simple. Use the simple online form to describe a collections management activity or project that was either completed in the last twelve months or is happening now with demonstrable progress you can point to. Anyone involved – whether on the governing body, staff or volunteer – can enter on behalf of your museum. We need at least one photo that illustrates your submission, and your permission to reproduce it along with the text submitted.
The winning museum will receive £1,000 to spend on an agreed collection management activity. A representative from the museum will also receive a free place at our 2019 conference in Leicester on 12 September to receive the award in person, so save the date
Entry is open to all Accredited UK museums and galleries, and those officially working towards Accreditation. Entries must be submitted no later than close of play on Wednesday 31 July 2019. Submissions will be judged by a panel from Collections Trust’s board, and the judges’ decision is final.