Archives+ Shortlisted for Museums + Heritage Awards

This week we’re celebrating after hearing the news that Archives+ has been shortlisted in this year’s Museums + Heritage Awards.

Nominations were made on the behalf of Manchester City Council, and out of the 100’s that entered we are amongst the six shortlisted in the Innovations category.

The Archives+ centre opened in March last year at the newly refurbished Manchester Central Library, integrating Manchester’s largest and most important archives under one roof. The project’s main aim was to encourage visitors to engage with the archive collections through dynamic and interactive public displays. The ambition was to throw off the ‘stuffy image’ associated with archives and make the stories more accessible to visitors and new audiences to Manchester Central Library.

This is our second year of being shortlisted, missing out last year on the International award for our work on the Springbok Experience for South African Rugby Union.

Let’s hope it is ‘second time lucky’ at this year’s awards, held in the Historic Staterooms of 8 Northumberland Avenue. Comedian Marcus Brigstock, a regular panellist from Argumental and QI, will be entertaining over 300 industry professionals to celebrate what a fantastic year we’ve all had.

Every entry is considered based on outcome, creativity, relation to objective and cost effectiveness by the existing judging panel of four, this year joined by:

Diana Owen, Director, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Maggie Appleton, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Air Force Museum
Stephen Duncan, Director of Commercial and Tourism, Historic Scotland

Congratulations to all those shortlisted this year and also to those who haven’t made it this time around. You can buy your tickets for the awards here