Double win for Historic Royal Palaces at the Museums + Heritage Awards 2015

Double win for Historic Royal Palaces at the Museums + Heritage Awards 2015

Poppies fill the moat at the Tower of London

1 May 2015

On 29 April, Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity responsible for HM Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, the Banqueting House in Whitehall, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland, won two accolades at the Museums + Heritage Awards 2015.

On 29 April, Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity responsible for HM Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, the Banqueting House in Whitehall, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland, won two accolades at the Museums + Heritage Awards 2015.

Chief Executive Michael Day was presented with the award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to the heritage sector, whilst the Poppies installation at the Tower of London, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, won the Best Temporary or Touring Exhibition award. Historic Royal Palaces was also shortlisted for the new Cumberland Art Gallery at Hampton Court Palace in the Restoration or Conservation award category.

Commenting on the Poppies installation, the judges said: “Risk-taking, brand-stretching, game-changing, the most significant example of a secular pilgrimage in the modern age. This is a project which symbolises the nation’s engagement with the First World War and one which will undoubtedly have a long-lasting legacy.”

Sam Mullins, Director of the London Transport Museum, presented the Outstanding Contribution award on behalf of the judges, describing Michael as a “leading member of a generation that has changed the face of museums.”

Now celebrating its thirteenth year, the annual Awards, created by The Museums + Heritage Show, recognise the leading lights of the heritage sector and celebrate excellence and innovation at museums, galleries and visitor attractions across the UK and Europe.

Hundreds of sector professionals joined together at the ceremony – the ‘Oscars’ of the museums and heritage industry - to celebrate the ground-breaking achievements and spectacular projects taking place in cultural attractions over the past 12 months.

The Awards are judged by a panel of senior sector professionals including: Bernard Donoghue, Director, Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA), Diane Lees, Director General, Imperial War Museums; Matthew Tanner, Chief Executive of ss Great Britain, Sam Mullins, Director of the London Transport Museum, Maggie Appleton, Chief Executive, RAF Museum, Diana Owen, Director, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Stephen Duncan, Director of Commercial and Tourism, Historic Scotland.

Notes to Editors

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Historic Royal Palaces: For press information or images, please contact the Historic Royal Palaces press office on 020 3166 6166 or email press@hrp.org.uk

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Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, the Banqueting House, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland.  With the exception of Hillsborough Castle, these palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and Historic Royal Palaces manages them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Historic Royal Palaces cares for Hillsborough Castle under a separate contract with the Northern Ireland Office.

Historic Royal Palaces raises all its own funds and depends on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. Registered charity number 1068852.  For more information, visit www.hrp.org.uk

The Museums + Heritage Awards were launched in 2003 by the organisers of The Museums + Heritage Show – the sector’s biggest trade event for museum and heritage/cultural visitor attraction professionals. The Museums + Heritage Show is an annual event and took place at Olympia Exhibition Centre, London on 29th and 30th April, 2015.

For more information about the Awards or the Show, please visit www.museumsandheritage.com or call 01905 724734

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