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Black Country Living Museum Awarded Top Prize at Glittering Museums and Heritage Awards for Excellence

Museum Heritage Awards Northumberland Ave SimonCallaghanPhotography181Black Country Living Museum has been recognised for its remarkable achievements at the prestigious Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence 2016, beating off stiff competition from museums across the country to win the Trading + Enterprise Award.

The winners were announced by comedian Marcus Brigstocke on 18th May during a glittering ceremony in central London. The award reflects the Museum’s success in achieving greater resilience through the diversification of its revenue sources which have included filming location hire, a special events programme and an improved retail and catering offer.

Andrew Lovett, Director and Chief Executive comments: “we are absolutely delighted to win such a prestigious award. Remaining financially resilient is exceptionally important to us as a completely independent Museum. Our events programme and filming location hire have been successful examples of how it is possible to use our unique space in positive and creative ways.”

On awarding the accolade, Marcus Brigstocke said: “This Award goes to an organisation which has positioned enterprise at its very heart, turning it from a loss maker into a solid performing enterprise, with lessons to be promulgated across the sector.”

Now celebrating its fourteenth year, the annual Awards, organised by the sector’s largest event, The Museums + Heritage Show, recognise the innovators and leaders of the UK and Europe’s diverse museums, galleries and visitor attractions.

Regarded as the Oscars of the museums and heritage industry, the Awards ceremony is attended by hundreds of sector professionals who join to celebrate the incredible achievements and groundbreaking projects of the past 12 months.

The Awards are judged by a panel of sector experts including: Dr Diana Owen, Director, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust; Maggie Appleton MBE, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Air Force Museum; Stephen Duncan, Director of Commercial and Tourism, Historic Scotland; Bernard Donoghue, Director, ALVA; Diane Lees CBE, Director General, Imperial War Museums; Dr Matthew Tanner MBE, Chief Executive of the ss Great Britain Trust and Sam Mullins, Director, London Transport Museum.

Last modified on Friday, 20 May 2016 12:21

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