South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

Nominations open for the Cornwall Heritage Awards 2020

Museums and heritage organisations in Cornwall can now be nominated for the Cornwall Heritage Awards 2020. Run by Cornwall Museums Partnership and SW Museum Development, the awards celebrate Cornwall's museums and heritage organisations and aim to raise their profile within local communities, across Cornwall, and within the wider heritage sector. It will showcase best practice and share great ideas.


The 2020 award categories are:


Innovation – a new initiative, digital project or way of working that has made your organisation more resilient in the long term.

Best Festival, Event or Exhibition – an award for a temporary yet impactful event, exhibition or festival

Environmental Impact – any initiative that has made your organisation more sustainable and environmentally accountable, no matter how small the project.

Community Initiative – a project where you have worked with partners to address a local need.

Wellbeing Museum – what initiatives and activities do you provide that encourage healthy and active lifestyles for your volunteers, staff or visitors?

Heritage Heroes – an opportunity to celebrate the work of a volunteer team who have achieved something special this year.

One to Watch – say thank you to a young volunteer with a nomination for an award. This category is open for nominations of people under 25.

Weird and Wonderful – Object of the Year – every museum has a number of amazing, awe-inspiring and downright peculiar objects that have the potential to grab the headlines. This category will be decided through an online public vote. It is an opportunity to raise profile and reach wide public attention.

Judges’ Special Award – This will be awarded to the excellent project or organisation that the judges feel most merits additional commendation. It will be selected from applications for categories 1-5.

Organisations will nominate their own projects for consideration. The work you nominate must have been undertaken during the last year.


A celebratory Heritage Awards ceremony announcing the results will take place at Royal Cornwall Showground Pavilion Centre, near Wadebridge, on 26 March 2020

Museums and heritage organisations will be able to nominate their work for one or more categories (1-8) using the appropriate application form. Organisations can submit more than one application for each award or nominate the same project for different categories – please note there is different criteria for each category and applications should be tweaked to it.

The closing date for applications is 5 pm on 12 December 2019. For further information, please click here.