Don't miss the deadline for the Museums Change Lives Awards

Patrick Steel, 26.09.2018
Deadline for nominations is 8 October
The Museums Association (MA) is calling for nominations for the Museums Change Lives Awards, which will celebrate the achievements of museums and individuals that have made an impact on the lives of their audiences and communities.

The inaugural Museums Change Lives Awards will have three categories for museums: Best Museums Change Lives Project, the Local Hero Award and Best Small Museum Project; and one category for individuals: the Radical Changemaker Award.

The Museums Change Lives award will recognise the best project in the past year that reflects one or more of the themes of the MA’s Museums Change Lives campaign: Promoting Health and Wellbeing; Creating Better Places; and Inspiring Engagement, Reflection and Debate.

The Best Small Museum Project will recognise projects that deliver social impact for museums with an annual turnover of less than £320,000, while the Local Hero Award will be awarded to the best social impact project in Northern Ireland, the host nation for this year’s MA Conference.

The Radical Changemaker Award will recognise the achievements of an individual in promoting one or more of the themes of Museums Change Lives in their museum. This award will be open to staff, freelancers and volunteers from across the sector.

“I think this is a fantastic opportunity for museums to showcase the amazing, life-changing work that they are doing,” says Sharon Heal, the MA’s director. “We think impactful projects and the individuals who drive them deserve recognition, so we’re delighted to be launching these awards and I’d really encourage applications from across the sector, from all types and sizes of museum.”

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the MA’s annual conference and exhibition in Belfast in November.

The deadline for entries is Monday 8 October at 5.30pm.

Links and downloads

MCL Awards entry guidelines (pdf)

Best Museums Change Lives Project

Local Hero Award

Best Small Museum Project

Radical Changemaker Award