AHI Awards

AHI Engaging People Awards 2021

Celebrating the best heritage, nature, culture and science experiences in Britain and Ireland

Sponsored by The Creative Core

Are you telling great stories about your place, people or collection in the UK or Ireland? Do you inspire your visitors or local communities to explore and discover more? Would you like more people to know about the excellent work you are doing? The biennial AHI Awards are for you.

  • Show your audiences why they should visit you.
  • Be rewarded and recognised for your hard work in creating excellent visitor experiences and community engagement in heritage, nature, culture or science.
  • A badge of interpretive excellence awarded by your peers


Winners of the 2021 Engaging People Awards

The Association for Heritage Interpretation is delighted to announce the winners of the AHI 2021 Engaging People Awards – sponsored by The Creative Core. We received a record number of entries with a total of 56 projects, and the field was exceptionally strong this year.

We received entries from a wider range of organisations, including community groups, community arts and wellbeing organisations, museums, galleries, national heritage organisations, wildlife organisations and interpretation practitioners. Two new categories, which responded to major developments that impacted on interpretation in 2020 were particularly popular – Lockdown Response and Untold Stories.


For Excellence in Interpretation (the overall winner), sponsored by AHI

Winner: Dub London: Bassline of a City – Museum of London

Young Interpreter winner: Lihem Tesfaye

Lifetime Achievement Award recipient: Bob Jones MBE


Indoors category - Sponsored by Novadura

Winner: Eskdale Mill - Minerva Heritage Limited / Eskdale Mill & Heritage Trust

Commended: ‘Walk and Talk’ tour programme - British Museum


  • Buxton Crescent Visitor Experiences - Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust / Imagemakers Design & Consultancy
  • Castell Coch Interpretation – Cadw

Outdoors category - Sponsored by HDC International

Winner: Arniebog distance stone and Silvanus sculpture at Nethercroy - West Dunbartonshire Council


  • Land of Iron – North York Moors National Park Authority
  • Plymouth Trails - Destination Plymouth

Temporary Event or Activity category - Sponsored by Artemis Scotland Ltd

Winner: Blink - ‘The End is in Sight’ - Barker Langham / Sightsavers / MET Studio

Commended: Travelling Treasure touring exhibition for North East churches - Newcastle Diocese of the Church of England


  • Glow Wild - Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Lockdown Response category - Sponsored by Bright White Ltd

Winner: Knitting the Herring - Scotland's National Gansey Project- Scottish Fisheries Museum


  • Bristory: The History of Bristol in 1766 Seconds - Bristol Old Vic
  • Scotland Digs Digital - Dig It! at the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
  • #Curator Battle - York Museums Trust
  • Zoo to You - The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

Community Engagement category - Sponsored by Anglezarke Dixon Associates and Red Kite Environment

Winner: The Colinton Tunnel Mural Project - The Colinton Tunnel

Commended: Black Lives Matter exhibition - St Albans Museum


  • Allegories of the Senses - The Cooper Gallery
  • Lost & Found: Treasures in the Archive - Wessex Archaeology

Untold Stories category - Sponsored by AT Creative and Info-Point


Winner: Dub London: Bassline of a City - Museum of London

Commended: ‘Desire, love, identity: an LGBTQ tour’ - British Museum


  • Delivery of permanent interpretation and public programming for the new House of Life heritage experience at Willesden Jewish Cemetery – The United Synagogue
  • “Represent” - We Are IVE Ltd