Suffolk Museums play a key role in the understanding of the places where we live. By bringing people together they enhance quality of life, improve the health and well-being of individuals, support resilient communities, and drive the economy. The role of museums in Suffolk is something to be recognised and celebrated.
After a break in 2018, the Suffolk Museum of the Year Awards returns in 2019 with new categories, new partnerships and a simplified entry process.
How to enter
Find out more about the different award categories below and download a simple entry form – available now.
The deadline for completed entries is the 1st September 2019.
A panel of independent judges will review the entries and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Ipswich in October 2019
The Suffolk Museum of the Year Awards are open to all Association for Suffolk Museum members
Suffolk Museum of the Year Award
What makes your museum special? Is it your collections? Or the work you do in your local community? Do you hold engaging events, exhibitions, or take part in diverse and innovative projects? Is it your commitment to a great visitor experience or remarkable staff and volunteers that makes your museum a must see destination? Tell us what makes your museum such a great place for a chance to win £250. This award has two categories; Museums with over 15,000 visitors per year, and Museums with under 15,000 visitors per year.
Is a family-friendly attitude at the heart of your museum? Do you go that extra mile to welcome visitors of all ages and provide a great, family-friendly experience? Enter your museum for the family-friendly award to win a free, double page spread on your museum in Families Suffolk Magazine.
Schools Session Award
Does your museum develop innovative and engaging sessions for schools? Do you use your collections and stories to teach and offer out of the class room learning? This award celebrates the creative workshops and inspiring experiences Suffolk museums offer to schools.
Has your museum tried something new in the last year? Have you developed a new partnership, worked with different organisations or developed something original for your organisation? This award celebrates a new initiative, project or way of working that has had a positive impact on you museum.
Volunteer/s of the Year
Do your volunteers go the extra mile to support your museum? Would you like to recognise and celebrate their commitment and enthusiasm? This award recognises outstanding volunteer effort and is open to a team of volunteers or single volunteer.
Object of the Year
The theme this year is Volunteer’s Choice. We would love to hear from one of your museum volunteers on what their favourite museum object is and why. This award is a public vote and will be live on suffolkmuseums.org from the 2nd September.