Two awards triumph for Mansfield Museum at Nottinghamshire Heritage Awards

MANSFIELD Museum scooped two awards at the Nottinghamshire Heritage Awards ceremony held at the Lakeside Arts Centre, University of Nottingham on Wednesday night.

The ceremony celebrated the work of museums and heritage collections throughout the county.

Mansfield won two categories, Best Event 2012 for The Nightshift Tours and Best Exhibition 2012 for the Mansfield Metal Box Exhibition.

The popular Nightshift Tours take visitors on a spoof tour with comical actors of the museum, which includes behind the scenes access to the unseen achieve and storage rooms.

The Mansfield Metal Box Exhibition was held between October last year and this January and showcased 1,400 examples of the iconic tin boxes manufactured by one of Mansfield’s biggest-ever employers.

The awards, organised by Nottinghamshire Heritage Forum and sponsored by Nottingham Trent University, are in their fifth year, recognising excellence in museums and heritage across the county.

Cllr Kate Allsop, Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration at Mansfield District Council, said: “We are delighted to have received these awards as recognition for the excellent events and exhibitions our Museum provides.

The Museum is a fantastic facility, run and maintained by the District Council.”

“The accolade of Best Event and Best Exhibition is a tribute to the hard work carried out by our creative museum staff and my thanks go to them for making the winning of these awards possible.”

Speaking on behalf of the judging panel, Dr Kevin Gould, Principal Lecturer in Late Medieval and Early Modern History at Nottingham Trent University, said: “The awards entries really reflect the excellence in Nottinghamshire’s heritage and the great work that goes into caring for it and enabling people to enjoy it. Choosing the winners from such a strong field has been an extremely difficult task.”