Hertfordshire Association of Museums Awards 2019

Published: 28 Aug 2019

Hertfordshire’s museums are a packed with little known treasures, objects that tell the story of our shared heritage and our communities. With over 30 different museums and heritage organisations in Hertfordshire there is a lot to celebrate and this year we asked members of the Hertfordshire Association of Museums to nominate an object from their collection that is important to our heritage.

The Object of the Year will be awarded via a public vote and 11 museums are competing for your vote with a variety of objects ranging from the oldest surviving toilet roll in Letchworth, and perhaps Hertfordshire, to a beautiful silk cocktail dress.  

The entry with the most votes, as decided by the public, will be presented with an award at the 2019 Hertfordshire Association of Museums Awards. For more information on the objects, and to vote please go to www.hertfordshiremuseums.org.uk/object-of-the-year.aspx. Voting closes 31 October.

Hertfordshire Association of Museums is an umbrella organisation representing all the museums across Hertfordshire and, in conjunction with the County Museum Development team, works to ensure that the county’s museums stay healthy and resilient.

Following on from the success of the first Hertfordshire Association of Museum Awards in 2018, the 2019 Awards for Excellence are now open.

Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Education, Libraries and Localism, says:

“The Awards for Excellence in Hertfordshire’s museums are a great opportunity to celebrate the amazing work of staff and volunteers.

“It also gives museums and heritage organisations a chance to showcase the brilliant work they do, and make the public aware of the importance of museums.

“Whether it is a working mill, a signal box, specialist or local history museum, they all contribute a lot to their local communities, achieving high standards in their work with some nationally innovative practice. They contribute to the local community through education, enrichment and mental wellbeing initiatives, providing a sense of place and make a significant economic contribution to Hertfordshire’s tourism industry.”

This year’s awards ceremony will be held on the 6 December at The British Schools Museum, Hitchin. Our 2018 judges, recruited from across the UK will be returning to offer their impartial view and select the winners for the 2019 awards.

To find out more about Hertfordshire’s museums, visit www.hertfordshiremuseums.org.uk