Ipswich Borough Council are delighted to announce that Ipswich Museums have been shortlisted for a prestigious award in the 2021 International Museums + Heritage Awards.
The awards celebrate and recognise leading lights and institutions in the Museums and Heritage sector right across the world.
Fighting off stiff competition and hundreds of nominations, Ipswich Museums has been shortlisted for the Community Impact award nomination that recognises the work the museum team undertook with local community partners, including Volunteering Matters, Suffolk Parent and Carers Network and Suffolk Libraries, in creating Museum From Home packages for children in the local community.
With support from Arts Council England, over 1200 activity packs were distributed locally to a range of groups – children aged 7 to 11, children with SEN, under 5s and young adults. The success of the project led to unprecedented demand and positive partnerships. The project ensured Ipswich Museums stayed engaged with their community partners whilst being of service to Ipswich communities.
Ipswich Museums is one of six organisations shortlisted and you can find out more about Ipswich Museums’ nomination here –
Also, this year, considering the global pandemic, two new categories were added to the M&H awards programme, and it is in one of these, the COVID Special Recognition Award, that Colchester Museums manager, Pippa Pickles, has made it to the final six nominees recognising her work in leading Colchester Borough Council’s support to the NHS vaccination programme.
You can find out more about Pippa’s achievements and how to vote for her here – Museums + Heritage Awards | 2021 Shortlist (museumsandheritage.com)
Councillor Carole Jones, Portfolio Holder for Museums and Development has said: “While the museums’ doors were closed the team wanted to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our community. We hope the children and young people who were reached through the project will visit and enjoy our Ipswich Museums in the near future, and look forward to welcoming them. I am really delighted that our work been recognised nationally, and my thanks go to the Museum staff who made it a success.”