The Collections Trust Award 2019

This year’s Collections Trust Award has attracted more entries than ever before. Submissions will be judged by a panel from the Collections Trust’s board and the winning museum will be announced on Thursday 12 September at our 2019 conference in Leicester. As well as a free place at conference to enable a representative of the winning museum to receive the award in person (and, of course, take part in the discussions around keywords), the winning museum will receive £1,000 to spend on an agreed collection management activity.

The Collections Trust Award recognises the often-unsung achievements of those who manage the collections that lie at the heart of all museums and 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 asked entrants to describe a use-led collections management activity or project that has either been completed in the last twelve months or is ongoing with demonstrable signs of progress. Anyone involved – whether on the governing body, staff or volunteer – could enter on behalf of their museum. Entry was open to all Accredited UK museums and galleries, and those officially working towards Accreditation.