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


2019 Discover Heritage Awards Winners

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