Awards Webinar

Responding to members who requested an opportunity to learn more about the winning projects of the Engaging People Awards 2023, the Awards Group ran a webinar on 23rd January which was well attended.
 
The recording is available below for those unable to come on the night or those who wish to watch again.
 
  • Changes in a Lifetime: Climate Cafés at Stromness Museum, Orkney Natural History Society Museum - Community conversations about changes in people’s lives that could be attributed to climate change, inspired by the museum collections. Award for Excellence in Interpretation winner and winner of the Calling Out Climate Change category (Sponsored by The Way Design).
  • National Famine Museum, Strokestown Estate, County Roscommon - The compelling and emotive story of the Great Irish Famine, told through the lens of the Strokestown Estate archive. Indoors Category winner (sponsored by Fraser Randall).
  • ‘The Future Belongs To What Was As Much As What Is’ by Morag Myerscough at Housesteads Roman Fort, English Heritage - A colourful contemporary artwork inspired by the original Roman gatehouse at Housesteads, created by Myerscough with the local community. Temporary Event or Activity category winner (sponsored by BeWunder)
  • Rebuilding Lives: 50 years of Ugandan Asians, Navrang Arts, - Volunteer-led exhibitions, events and activities to commemorate Leicester’s Ugandan Asian community’s expulsion from Uganda and celebrate rebuilding their lives in the UK. Community Engagement category winner (sponsored by Tandem Design)

Awards Winners

Revealing the winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of the AHI 2023 Engaging People Awards. These are the very best of the entries we received this year, from an exceptionally strong field of 44 projects representing a wide range of groups, organisations, sites and interpretation practitioners.
 
The winner of each category was revealed at the Engaging People Awards Dinner on Thursday 12th October, during the 2023 Conference in Lincoln. 

With heartfelt thanks to our overall and individual category sponsors, and to the hard-working Awards Team, judging panel and site judges, who make this celebration of interpretive excellence possible.

Indoors Category - Sponsored by Fraser Randall

Winner: National Famine Museum, Strokestown Estate, County Roscommon

The compelling and emotive story of the Great Irish Famine, told through the lens of the Strokestown Estate archive.

Finalists:

Marble Hill Revived, English Heritage & Skellon Studio

Reimagining Wordsworth, The Wordsworth Trust & Nissen Richards Studio

Outdoors Category - sponsored by NovaDura

Commended:

Revealing, Reviving and Restoring Great Linford Manor Park, The Parks Trust & Outside Studios

More Than Words, The Sensory Trust and Wheal Martyn Clayworks

Temporary Event or Activity category – Sponsored by BeWunder

Winner: ‘The Future Belongs To What Was As Much As What Is’ by Morag Myerscough at Housesteads Roman Fort, English Heritage

A colourful contemporary artwork inspired by the original Roman gatehouse at Housesteads, created by Myerscough with the local community.

Commended:

Permissible Beauty, Historic Royal Palaces and University of Leicester

OOT & ABOOT – Talking Coquetdale, The Out of Town Museum (OOT), part of Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery, Alnwick

Community Engagement category - Sponsored by Tandem Design

Winner: Rebuilding Lives: 50 years of Ugandan Asians, Navrang Arts

Volunteer-led exhibitions, events and activities to commemorate Leicester’s Ugandan Asian community’s expulsion from Uganda and celebrate rebuilding their lives in the UK.

Commended:

Open All Hours at Wirksworth, New Opportunities Wirksworth & inHeritage

Finalists:

Exchange Project, SS Great Britain Trust

South Asia Gallery: A British Museum partnership at Manchester Museum, Manchester Museum & South Asia Gallery Collective

Calling Out Climate Change category – Sponsored by The Way Design

Winner: Changes in a Lifetime: Climate Cafés at Stromness Museum, Orkney Natural History Society Museum

Community conversations about changes in people’s lives that could be attributed to climate change, inspired by the museum collections.

Finalist:

A World of Good at Wakefield Museum, Wakefield Museums & Castles

The Lara Clare Munden Award for Young Interpreter of the Year – Sponsored by Michael Hamish Glen and  Bright White

Lara was a gifted young interpreter who died tragically young and is remembered through this Award.

Winner: Catherine Wright

Outstanding Contribution to Interpretation – Sponsored by AHI

Winner: Carolyn Lloyd Brown

Award for Excellence in Interpretation – Sponsored by AHI

Winner: Changes in a Lifetime: Climate Cafés at Stromness Museum, Orkney Natural History Society Museum