Derbyshire Heritage Awards 2015

Erewash Museum has continued with its winning streak by scooping another prestigious honour at the Derbyshire Heritage Awards 2015.

Impressed judges presented Erewash Borough Council’s Museum team with a Special Award for their series of Museum in the Park roadshows this summer, which saw free one-day family events at sites across the borough.

The initiative was a first for Erewash and allowed the Museum to go on the road to meet residents and children, offer fun activities, promote its work in the community and give details of volunteering opportunities.

In addition, it enabled the Museum to talk to a wider audience about the major development project at its Dalby House home in Ilkeston thanks to Heritage Lottery funding. The work is currently underway and will see the old coach house and stables transformed into a new learning and community centre.

In winning the Judges’ Special Award, the Museum team were praised for ‘their work in engaging with their local community’.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:

“This is fantastic news as we celebrate another well-deserved award for our Museum. We know our award winning Museum is much loved by the thousands of people who visit it regularly and we have expanded that fan base considerably by going out on the road and meeting many more people thanks to our successful summer Museum in the Park events. Our Museum and everything it offers just keeps getting stronger and stronger – well done to all involved in securing this terrific award.”

The awards – run by the Derbyshire Museums and Heritage Forum – were presented during a ceremony at Cromford Mills on Friday (9 October). They are held annually to celebrate the work taking place in museums, historic houses and heritage sites across the county.

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