Awards Showcase

Showcasing the shortlisted entries

We are delighted to show you the finalists in five categories 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.
Revealing the winners

The winner of each category and this year’s overall winner will be announced at the Engaging People Awards Dinner on Thursday 12th October, during this year’s AHI Conference in Lincoln. We hope you’ll come along and share the excitement.

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.

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Indoors Category - Sponsored by Fraser Randall

Reimagining Wordsworth at Dove Cottage, Grasmere

Bringing Wordsworth’s poetry to life today by linking people, poetry and place in the inspirational landscape where he lived 200 years ago. (The Wordsworth Trust & Nissen Richards Studio)

Marble Hill Revived, Twickenham, London

The transformation of this elegant 18th century home of the remarkable Henrietta Howard for the local community and wider audiences. (English Heritage & Skellon Studio)

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. (Tandem & Irish Heritage Trust / Westward Holdings Ltd)

Outdoors Category - sponsored by NovaDura

Revealing, Reviving and Restoring Great Linford Manor Park, Milton Keynes

Creative interpretation and activities to help the community explore and learn about its heritage as part of the public parkland restoration (The Parks Trust & Outside Studios)

More Than Words at Wheal Martyn Clayworks, Cornwall

Working with people with disabilities to develop accessible experiences and sensory-rich interpretation, in partnership with four Cornish industrial heritage sites (Sensory Trust and Wheal Martyn Clayworks)

Temporary Event or Activity category – Sponsored by BeWunder

‘The Future Belongs To What Was As Much As What Is’ by Morag Myerscough at Housesteads Roman Fort, Hadrian’s Wall

A colourful contemporary artwork inspired by the original Roman gatehouse at Housesteads, created by Myerscough with the local community (English Heritage)

Permissible Beauty at Hampton Court Palace, Surrey

An immersive installation exploring and celebrating shifting ideas of beauty past and present through 17th century and contemporary portraits (Historic Royal Palaces and University of Leicester)

OOT & ABOOT – Talking Coquetdale, Northumberland

A sensory celebration of this remote rural valley and its people, centred around evocative stories from OOT’s oral history archive (OOT, the Out of Town Museum, part of Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery, Alnwick)

Community Engagement category - Sponsored by Tandem Design

South Asia Gallery: A British Museum partnership at Manchester Museum

The first permanent gallery in the UK dedicated to the experiences and contribution of the South Asian diaspora, co-curated with the community. (Manchester Museum & South Asia Gallery Collective)

Rebuilding Lives: 50 years of Ugandan Asians at Leicester and Chamwood Museums

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. (Navrang Arts) 

Exchange Project at SS Great Britain, Bristol

A community-led research project in the museum’s collections, based on the theme of migration, creating publications, exhibition and community learning resources. (SS Great Britain Trust)

Open All Hours at Wirksworth, Derbyshire

Recording, interpreting and celebrating the working history and community of the market town of Wirksworth, focussed around its shops. (New Opportunities Wirksworth & inHeritage)

Calling Out Climate Change category – Sponsored by The Way Design

A World of Good at Wakefield Museum

A multi-sensory exhibition featuring letters by Charles Waterton, a 19th-century environmentalist, highlighting parallels between his campaigns for nature and our situation today. (Wakefield Museums & Castles)

Changes in a Lifetime: Climate Cafés at Stromness Museum

Community conversations about changes in people’s lives that could be attributed to climate change, inspired by the museum collections. (Orkney Natural History Society Museum)