The Museums + Heritage Awards continue to celebrate excellence in conservation, recognising how the care of collections and objects has been as important as it ever was throughout the pandemic.
The Restoration or Conservation Project of the Year shortlistees are:
- St Alfege Church – Heart of Greenwich Place and People
- Hampshire Cultural Trust – Mr Simpson’s Teddy Bears – a bit of joy in dark times
- The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings – SPAB Old House Project
- Derby Museums – Restoring Derby Silk Mill to create the UK’s first Museum of Making
- The National Museum of the Royal Navy – LCT 7074
- Cliveden Conservation – Reinstallation of Fordington Roman mosaic, Dorset County Museum
The award will highlight the quality of work undertaken on restoration and conservation projects within the UK. Judges will look at
- how a project has been managed and implemented from conception to completion
- whether they demonstrate rigorous project and conservation planning and processes
- how the project increases public access whilst ensuring important historical artefacts and buildings have been protected for the future
This year, new categories have been introduced to recognise excellent responses to the challenges posed by the pandemic. Two of them (COVID Special Recognition Award and COVID Supplier of the Year) are subjected to a public vote - partly because of the overwhelming response to this year’s Awards, which registered a record number of submissions.
You can see the full shortlist, as well as cast your vote, here.