Birmingham Museums Trust, Best MCL Project 2018

Enter the 2019 Museums Change Lives Awards

Yosola Olorunshola, 17.06.19
Celebrating outstanding practice by UK museums creating social impact
The Museums Change Lives Awards are now open for entries. After a successful launch at our 2018 conference in Belfast, the awards are back and ready to celebrate museums and individuals delivering a social impact. 

The Museums Change Lives Awards highlight the achievements of museums and individuals that have made a difference in the lives of their audiences and communities.

Winners will be announced in October at a ceremony at our Brighton conference. The deadline for entries is Friday 9 August. 

Judges will look for projects that successfully reflect one or more of the themes of our Museums Change Lives campaign: promoting health and wellbeing, creating better places, and inspiring engagement, reflection and debate.  

This year’s awards will have four categories – three for institutions and one for an individual. 

Best Museums Change Lives Project

This category recognises the best project in the past year that reflects one or more of the themes of the Museums Change Lives campaign.

Best Small Museum Project
Museums with an annual turnover of less than £320,000 are eligible to apply for this category, highlighting how their institution delivers social impact. 

Judges' Award for Environmental Sustainability

Reflecting the conference’s focus on sustainability, the Judges' Award will recognise the best example of a museum promoting environmental sustainability either through improvements they have made in reducing their own environmental impact, or in promoting environmentally-friendly behaviour and actions amongst audiences and communities.

Radical Changemaker Award

This award will be open to staff, freelancers and volunteers from across the sector, championing the achievements of an individual in promoting one or more of the themes of Museums Change Lives in their museum. Individuals are welcome to enter themselves or nominate someone else for the award.

Director Sharon Heal said: “I think this is a fantastic opportunity for museums to showcase the amazing, life-changing work that they are doing. 

“We think these projects and the individuals who drive them deserve recognition, so we’re delighted to be launching these awards for the second time and I’d really encourage applications from across the sector, from all types and sizes of museum.”

The deadline for entries is 17.30 on Friday 9 August. 

Links and downloads 

We'll be hosting a Twitter Q&A on entering the Museums Change Lives Awards on Thursday 18 July, 12.30 - 13.30. Follow us @MuseumsAssoc and tweet us your questions with #MCLAwards to find out more.