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Leicestershire & Rutland Heritage Awards 2023 Results

Thursday 5th October 2023 was another inspiring night with so many amazing projects entered for the awards.  The judges must have had a very difficult task picking the winners.  The full list of entrants is in the Awards Programme.

Protecting Heritage

Blaby District Council – Buried Bouskell’ Restoration Project

Leicester City, County & Rutland At Risk War Memorials Project – Their Names Liveth for Evermore – but only just!

Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust – Ringing in the Future

Loughborough Grammar School Archives – The Headmaster’s Chair

Swannington Heritage Trust – Accessibly protecting the Califat Engine House Complex

Protecting Heritage Winner

New Directions In Heritage

Breedon Priory Heritage with Pudding Bag Productions – Breedon Lives

Coalville CAN Community Benefit Society – Making the Invisible Visible

Foxton Canal Museum – Home is Where We Are!

Loughborough Library Local Studies Volunteer Group – Loughborough Heritage Forum

Sir John Moore Foundation – An Orange in the Clockwork New Directions In Heritage Winner


Archives and Research

Loughborough Library Local Studies Volunteer Group – Market 800 Celebrations: Research and Publication

Swannington Heritage Trust – Beyond the Magazines – Sharing Swannington’s History

Whitwick Historical Group – Creation of Digital Archive Index in Media Room

Archives And Research Winner

Supporting Heritage

Culture Leicestershire – Medfest Community Panel

Swannington Heritage Trust – An Essential Water Supply

Supporting Heritage Winner

Surviving And Thriving

Charnwood Museum – Friends Online

Loughborough Carillon Tower & War Memorial Museum – Re-engaging with our Audience

North West Leicestershire District Council – Heritage on Your Doorstep

Surviving And Thriving Winner

Best Project Under £1,000

Anstey Local History Society – A Photographic Exhibition: Anstey at the Beginning of Queen Elizabeth II’s Reign

Culture Leicestershire – 2021 Garden Season

Desford & District Heritage Society – Desford Pop-up Museum

Pudding Bag Productions – Ashby Past Continuous

Sir John Moore Foundation – Clockwork Film

Spiral Projects – The BIG Dig

Swannington Heritage Trust – Opening Our Sites to a Wider Audience

Best Project Under £1000 Winner

 Best Project Over £1,000

Ashby de la Zouch Museum & Pudding Bag Productions – Digital Touchscreen

Blaby District Council – Heritage Walking Trails

Jacqui Gallon Art – Labours Lost

Navrang Arts – Rebuilding Lives: 50 Years of Ugandan Asians (Leicester)

North West Leicestershire District Council – Heritage Outdoor Gallery

Quorn Local History Group – Heritage Boards Illustrating the History of Quorn

Swannington Heritage Trust – Improving Hough Mill Audience Experience with Audio Guide

Best Project Over £1000 Winner

Working with Children and Young People

Leicester Transport Heritage Trust – Introducing Dennis and Friends

Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust – Kids In Museums Takeover Days

Pudding Bag Productions – The Beaumonts of Barrow upon Trent

Sir John Moore Foundation – Museum Tour

Spiral Projects – The Legend of the Bear

Working With Children And Young People Winner

Heritage Hero

Culture Leicestershire – Anila Sisoda

Desford & District Heritage Society – Kate Twitchin

Sir John Moore Foundation – Andrew Moore

Swannington Heritage Trust – Mike Luff

Heritage-Hero Winner

Heritage Group Of The Year

Anstey Local History Society, Desford & District Heritage Society, Jacqui Gallon Art, Loughborough Library Local Studies Volunteer Group, Navrang Arts, Pudding Bag Productions, Quorn Local History Group, Spiral Projects

Heritage Group Of The Year

Museum Of The Year

Ashby de la Zouch Museum, Blaby District Council, Breedon Priory Heritage, Charnwood Museum, Coalville CAN Community Benefit Society, Culture Leicestershire, Foxton Canal Museum, Leicester City, County & Rutland At Risk War Memorials Project, Leicester Transport Heritage Trust, Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust, Loughborough Carillon Tower & War Memorial Museum, Loughborough Grammar School Archives, North West Leicestershire District Council, Sir John Moore Foundation, Swannington Heritage Trust, Whitwick Historical Group

Museum Of The Year

Commended, Winners And Before The EventAll-Highly-Commended

Leicestershire & Rutland Heritage Awards 2020

The awards features projects completed in 2019 and 2020 and were open to all heritage related organisations in Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland.

Attracting New Audiences

  • Winner – Community Curators – Do You See What I See?
  • Highly Commended – Cotesbach Educational Trust – Christmas Trail: 12 Days of Christmas

Behind The Scenes

  • Winner – Loughborough Bell Foundry Trust – Taylor’s of Loughborough, Digital Archive – entry example LBT entry form and LBT Support 1 and LBT Support 2.
  • Highly Commended – Swannington Heritage Trust – Achieving More During the Pandemic

Best Project Over £750

  • Winner – Greater Wigston Historical Society – The Greater Wigston Heritage Centre
  • Highly Commended – Pudding Bag Productions – Thomas Pestell a 17th century Vicar of Packington

Best Project Under £750

  • Winner – Swannington Heritage Trust – The Extraordinary People of Swannington
  • Highly Commended – Charnwood Museum – Museum from Home

Best Research Project

  • Winner – Swannington Heritage Trust – Swannington’s Coal Mining Children – entry example SHT Entry and SHT Support
  • Highly Commended – Llynda Baugh, Spiral Projects – Famous Fifty Website

Bringing Heritage Alive

  • Winner – Llynda Baugh, Spiral Projects – Re-creating the March of the Fifty
  • Highly Commended – Burbage Heritage Group – Burbage Remembers the Great War 1914 – 1919

Commemorating Anniversaries

  • Winner – Anstey Local History Society – Anstey War Memorial Projects – entry example ALHS Entry and ALHS Support
  • Highly Commended – Pudding Bag Productions – A Step on the Ladder

Volunteer Team of the Year

  • Winner – Diseworth Heritage Trust – After the Flood
  • Highly Commended – Moira Furnace Museum Trust – Moira Furnace Museum Trust Volunteer Team
  • Highly Commended – Sir John Moore Foundation – Local History Café Extended Group

Heritage Group of the Year

  • Winner – Burbage Heritage Group
  • Highly Commended – Pudding Bag Productions

Museum / Heritage Site of the Year

  • Winner – Swannington Heritage Trust
  • Highly Commended – Diseworth Heritage Trust

The Leicestershire & Rutland Heritage Awards 2018

Congratulations to all the entrants, you are all winners as each project has contributed to the success of your organisation and the area’s heritage.  For inspiration for the next awards read the 2018 list of entries and winners