South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

New award recognises outstanding environmentally sustainable heritage projects

Museums + Heritage Awards has partnered up with National Lottery Heritage Fund to launch a new category that will celebrate the best environmentally sustainable projects in the heritage sector.

This new award will be made to an outstanding environmentally sustainable project or exhibition which can demonstrate best practice in managing environmental impacts, recycling and reuse, materials, sustainable procurement and green visitor travel planning to achieve a quality visitor experience. Entrants will also be asked to identify wider economic, social or environmental benefits – to the museum/organisation or the community – which have come about through “thinking sustainably”.

Projects/exhibitions must have been running/open for part or all of 2019. As per the other Museums + Heritage Award categories, this is open to entries from UK museums, heritage and cultural organisations of all sizes as well as freelancers and companies working on their behalf.

Isabel Hunt, Executive Director of Business Innovation and Insight at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Urgent action needs to be taken for the future of our environment and it’s never been more important for us all to think, and act, sustainably through the work we all do in the heritage sector.

“We are delighted to launch The Sustainable Project of the Year award which will provide much-deserved recognition to the heritage organisations and projects which have made great strides, or indeed small but innovative steps, in reducing their environmental impact and committing to sustainability.”

Anna Preedy, Director of the Museums + Heritage Awards, said: “These awards recognise the amazing achievements, creativity, innovation, hard work and utter commitment evident throughout the museums and heritage sector. The awards have become the benchmark for excellence and the shortlistees and winners represent the very best of the best.”

This new category is free to enter and has an extended entry deadline of Friday 21 February (all other categories remain 31 January deadline). To find out more, and to enter, please click here:

This year's South West Fed conference is on the theme 'Interpreting, curating and combatting the climate emergency'. If you would like to find out more about the conference, which takes place at Bath Spa University on 9 & 10 July 2020, please click here: