The Collections Trust Awards 2014 – call for nominations

Collections Trust is inviting nominations for the 2014 Collections Trust Awards – Celebrating excellence in Collections Management. The deadline is 30th April 2014. AIM members may be particularly interested in the new Enterprise in Museums Award which is open for nominations or self-nominations.

Three new awards have been added to the CT Awards 2014, which recognise and celebrate excellence in collections management. Nominations are now open, but will close on Wednesday 30 April. The judges will then choose a short list prior to the announcement of the winners and the presentation of the awards during the prestigious OpenCulture conference reception at the Kia Oval in London on Wednesday 25 June.


The new awards for 2014 are:

  • Collections Manager of the Year: Recognising and celebrating the achievements of a collections manager in a UK museum who has “made a difference”. Nominations only.
  • Young Collections Professional of the Year: Recognising and celebrating the achievements of a collections professional under the age of 30 in a UK museum who has “made a difference”. Nominations only.
  • The Enterprise in Museums Award: Recognising exceptional expertise in developing and delivering successful enterprise activity in a museum. Nominations and self-nominations.

These new awards join the existing annual awards (all nominations or self-nominations) for:

  • Collections Practice: Celebrating projects which demonstrate the application of innovative practice to improve the sustainability and use of collections in arts and cultural organisations.
  • Collections on a Budget: Celebrating projects which demonstrate improvement in collections management by organisations with a turnover of less than £500,000. The winner receives a prize of £500.
  • Participatory Practice: Highlighting an exceptional example of how participatory practice has benefitted a museum by enhancing its relationships with its users

Judging this year’s entries are: Nick Merriman, Director, Manchester Museum and Chair, Collections Trust; Scott Furlong, Director, Acquisitions, Exports, Loans and Collections, Arts Council England. The panel will be chaired by Nick Poole, CEO of Collections Trust.

Together these awards represent the pinnacle for recognition for collections professionals. Last year’s awards generated fierce competition so immediate nomination is strongly encouraged.


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