AHI Awards

The biennial AHI Awards scheme recognises and rewards the best practice in heritage interpretation across the UK and Ireland, and are the only awards to recognise excellence in all types and sizes of heritage interpretation, whether held in museums, historic buildings, visitor centres or any type of outdoor location. The awards...

  • celebrate heritage interpretation in all its forms
  • are a prestigious badge of recognition for winning and shortlisted entries
  • share, encourage and showcase good interpretive practice and the organisations responsible for it
  • publicise good interpretive practice and the organisations responsible for it through the media
  • provide interpretive evaluation to shortlisted entrants

2019 Awards


The Association for Heritage Interpretation is delighted to announce the results of the AHI 2019 Discover Heritage Awards – for excellence in cultural and natural heritage interpretation in Britain and Ireland – sponsored by NovaDura.

Another strong entry field once again made short-listing an exceptionally difficult process for the Judging Panel. The 2019 entries were notable for the number of excellent entries from museums and historic buildings – which resulted in splitting the category to give two winners.

Museums and Historic Properties/Sites, sponsored by Minerva Heritage.

Winner - Museum: Dunfermline Museum - Fife Cultural Trust

Winner - Historic Property: Project Pilgrim Visitor Experience and Interpretation, Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester.

Runner up: Creu Hanes - Making History, St. Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff

Runner up: Museum ExplorAR Experience, Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum Wales, Cardiff

Runner up: Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, Dorchester - Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum

Runner up: Whitby Abbey Site Improvement and Re-interpretation project, Whitby Abbey - – English Heritage

Special recognition: Multimedia Guide (MMG) for Chatsworth, Chatsworth House, Derbyshire - Chatsworth

Outdoors – Urban and Rural, sponsored by The Way Design.

Finalist: Coniston Copper, Coniston Copper Mines, Cumbria – Lake District National Park Authority

Finalist: Rediscovering Walmer Pleasure Grounds, Walmer Castle, Deal – English Heritage

Special recognition: Echoscape: Sounds and memories of Maiden Castle, Maiden Castle, Dorset - – English Heritage

Visitor / Interpretation Centres, sponsored by HDC International.

Winner:  International Bomber Command Centre, Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial Trust

Runner up: The Engine Shed – Scotland’s Building Conservation Centre, Stirling - Historic Environment Scotland

Volunteer and Community Projects, sponsored by Bright 3d.

Winner: Neolithic Longhouse, La Hougue Bie Museum, Jersey – Jersey Heritage

Runner up: Future Thinking for Lochbroom’s Past – Ullapool Museum Redisplay Project - Ullapool Museum

Runner up: Some Alnwick Heritage Heroes - Alnwick Civic Society

Events and Activities, sponsored by StudioLR.

Winner: Performance of Roseliska at Portchester Castle recreated theatre, Portchester Castle – English Heritage

Runner up: Spotlight on Mary, Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh - Historic Environment Scotland

Special recognition: Hadrian’s Cavalry, Hadrian’s Wall - Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

The AHI Award for Excellence in Interpretation

Winner: Dunfermline Museum, Fife Cultural Trust

Winners from 2017


We are delighted to announce the results of the AHI 2017 Discover Heritage Awards – for excellence in cultural and natural heritage interpretation in Britain and Ireland. Congratulations to all recipients of an award - winners, runners up and commended entries.

The AHI Discover Heritage Awards 2017 are sponsored by Wessex Archaeology.

March 25, 2018

Community projects

Pop-Up Ruskin Museum The Pop-Up Ruskin Museum was a temporary neighbourhood museum created in a disused shop in Walkley. It was an innovative hub of interpretive […]
March 25, 2018

Visitor / Interpretation Centres

Man & Boy exhibition at Seamus Heaney HomePlace Engaged by Mid Ulster District Council, Tandem developed a visionary, multi-sensory interpretive experience about the life and writing […]
March 25, 2018

The AHI Award for Excellence in Interpretation

Lifting the Lid off the Vyne Lifting the Lid was awarded the AHI Award for Excellence because the Judging Panel felt it to be an exemplar […]
March 25, 2018

Interpretation for a target audience

Egyptian Sculpture Gallery Touch Tour The British Museum’s Egyptian Sculpture touch tour (Room 4) provides an inclusive, hands-on experience for blind and partially sighted visitors. Using […]
March 25, 2018

The AHI Lifetime Achievement Award 2017

Carl Atkinson AHI Membership panel member and innovator of interpretation in Wales. The first lifetime achievement award is for someone who joined the Centre for Environmental […]
March 25, 2018

Landscapes, forests, nature reserves, parks and gardens

Family narrated multi-lingual audio guides at world's third-best garden Powerscourt Gardens' two new tourism experiences include; an audio-visual presentation welcoming visitors, an audio guide for adults, […]
March 25, 2018

Museums and historic properties/sites

Lifting the Lid at the Vyne Lifting the Lid grasps the opportunity afforded by a massive roof conservation project to tell the royal story at the […]

Next Awards

The AHI 2019 Awards are now closed. They will:

a) recognise all types of heritage interpretation.
b) be judged by interpreters.

If you would like to express interest in sponsorship or nomination or just learn more about the AHI awards please contact us at awards@ahi.org.uk.