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AHI 2019 Discover Heritage Awards

Planning is already under way for the next series of the Discover Heritage Awards, which will open for entry in January 2019 and be awarded at the ceremony at our annual conference in October of the same year. We have new categories for next year, which will be announced at and soon after this year’s Chester conference.

We would like to bring the following judging panel, site judge and sponsorship opportunities to your attention.

 

1) BE A 2019 AWARDS SPONSOR

Would you like your company name associated with the only awards in the UK and Ireland to celebrate excellence in interpretation judged by the leading interpreters in these countries?

We have two different levels of sponsorship package available: Official 2019 Discover Heritage Awards Sponsor and sponsor of an award category. As well as helping to support the profession, sponsorship comes with a range of benefits to promote your services. We can already announce our first category sponsors. Two previous sponsors – Minerva Heritage and The Way Design – have stepped forward once again.

Please email admin@ahi.org.uk if you would like details of the sponsorship packages and benefits.

 

2) REGISTER YOUR INTEREST TO JOIN THE JUDGING PANEL

In October, we will open nominations to join the five-person judging panel for the 2019 and 2021 awards periods. We will be looking for four AHI members, who must be a Full (MAHI) or Fellow (FAHI) member, to join the Chair of the panel – an AHI Trustee – to shortlist entries then choose the winners based on the site judges reports. We aim to appoint one judge each from England, the island of Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Each period of awards, you will be required to read the full entries, meet in late May to shortlist, read the site judges reports then meet in late August/early September to choose the winners. You must be available to spend a day training in London in early April 2019. We ask that you give time freely but AHI will train and support you throughout the process, and reimburse all reasonable travel expenses.

Previous members of the judging panel can nominate themselves again.

Please send an email expressing your interest to admin@ahi.org.uk. Full details of the nomination process will be available in October, when we will be launching the 2019 awards at the AHI conference in Chester.

 

3) REGISTER YOUR INTEREST TO BECOME A SITE JUDGE

AHI awards: a win-win situation

Are you interested in some free CPD, which includes high quality training, visits to some exceptional interpretive experiences, and excellent networking opportunities?  Would you like to be part of a challenging and enjoyable process that recognises and celebrates excellence in interpretation, and hones your skills in assessing and evaluating interpretation? If so, you might like to nominate yourself as a site judge for the next two rounds of the AHI Awards scheme.

Express your interest in free CPD and training

We are inviting expressions of interest from people willing to give their time as site judging mentors and mentees. Mentors are experienced interpreters who will lead the judging visits and share their sector experience with others. Mentees are new to interpretation and will benefit from working closely with one or more experienced interpreters to assess real projects at real sites. Mentees’ experience will also count towards full AHI membership.

What we ask in return

We are looking for enthusiastic interpreters who are willing to sign up to two periods of judging in early summer 2019 and 2021 (usually two site visits and reporting time). You must be available to spend a day training in London in early April 2019. We ask that you give time freely but AHI will train and support you throughout the process, and reimburse all reasonable travel expenses.

Mentors, who will lead the judging at each site, must be a Full (MAHI) or Fellow (FAHI0 member at the time of applying (or must have submitted full membership forms by 31 October 2018). Mentees can have student, Assocaite (AAHI) or corporate membership. Previous mentors and mentees are welcome to reapply. And you can be a site judge, even if you are associated with a project that is applying for an award – we just ask that you make us aware so we can avoid any conflict of interest.

Please send an email expressing your interest to admin@ahi.org.uk. Full details and a short application form will be available in October, when we will be launching the 2019 awards at the AHI conference in Chester.