Entries now open for Museum + Heritage Awards

Museum + Heritage Awards: back, live and with more categories

The awards, which will return to a glittering live event after two years, celebrate the very best in museums and heritage across the globe.

The 20th edition of the Museums + Heritage Awards, sponsored by Chargeurs Creative Collection, makes its return with new judges and more opportunities for all.

With seventeen categories to choose from, there’s something for everyone. Regardless of budget, size of organisation or location, the Museums + Heritage Awards give opportunity to all. Often referred to as the ‘Oscars of the museums world’, previous winners have included Sir David Attenborough alongside hundreds of individuals and organisations from across the world of museums.

AIM continues to support the awards by partnering the Volunteer(s) of the Year category. This award shines a spotlight on the vital contribution that volunteers make to museums, recognising their extraordinary dedication, energy and skills.

The awards have become the gold standard in the sector and the recognition that shortlistees and winners receive is a key motivator for staff and volunteers alike, helping to boost confidence by having their work recognised and promoted on a global scale. Entering the awards is a great way to benchmark against sector peers and to share success with key stakeholders.

The awards feature 17 different categories, including the new Visitor Welcome Award sponsored by Tyg Tickets as well as the inaugural Café or Restaurant of the Year award. Making its return alongside these new categories is the Sustainable Project of the Year award sponsored by the National Lottery Heritage Fund plus other favourites including Permanent Exhibition of the Year sponsored by Displayways. The full range of categories reflect the diverse nature of the sector and give organisations, regardless of size and budget, equal opportunity to scoop one these prestigious awards.

After two years of successful virtual ceremonies, the 2022 Museums + Heritage Awards will take place in person with a glittering, live ceremony on the evening of 11 May 2021.

The Museums + Heritage Awards are open to all museums, galleries, archives and heritage visitor attractions, organisations, charities and bodies plus their suppliers, contractors and partners.

For the first time, a special Early Bird entry rate is available during November but for anyone wanting to nominate individuals or teams for Volunteer of the Year, entry is entirely free of charge.

The closing date for entries is 1 February 2022. Click here for full details and guidance for entering>>