New award to champion sustainability

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The National Lottery Heritage Fund is to sponsor a new annual award which celebrates sustainability in the museums, heritage and cultural sectors.

We have partnered with Museums + Heritage to sponsor the new category at the Museums + Heritage Awards, which take place in May.

The Sustainable Project of the Year Award, which is free to enter, will celebrate the UK museum, heritage or cultural organisation which has created the most outstanding environmentally sustainable project or exhibition in 2019.

Why we’re doing this

“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." 

Isabel Hunt, Executive Director of Business Innovation and Insight at The National Lottery Heritage Fund

In our Strategic Funding Framework 20192024 we set out how we expect all projects we fund to improve their environmental sustainability and particularly to create positive benefits for nature.

In light of the climate and ecological emergency, we think it’s more important than ever that we celebrate those organisations and projects that share our commitment to sustainability.

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.”

What we’re looking for  

We’re looking for projects which can demonstrate examples of best practice in:

•    managing environmental impacts, particularly energy efficiency, recycling and reuse
•    sourcing materials 
•    sustainable procurement 
•    green visitor travel planning

We’re also asking entrants to identify wider economic, social or environmental benefits – to the museum/organisation or the community – which have come about through “thinking sustainably”.

Your application must apply to projects or exhibitions which have been open for part or all of 2019. You do not have to have had previous investment from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Anna Preedy, director of the annual 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.”

How to apply for The Sustainable Project of the Year Award in partnership with The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Please tell us in no more than 500 words why your project or exhibition is worthy of winning this prestigious new award. 

Applicants have an extended deadline of Friday 21 February 2020 to apply via the Museums + Heritage Awards website. It is free to enter.

A shortlist will be announced in late March and the winner revealed at the awards ceremony on Wednesday 13 May at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London. 

  • Please note that all those shortlisted are required to purchase a minimum of one ticket for the Museums + Heritage Awards ceremony. The winner will also be required to work with The National Lottery Heritage Fund on promotion of the new award.
  • The award is open to entries from UK museums, heritage and cultural organisations of all sizes as well as freelancers and companies working on their behalf. Entrants must confirm they have permission to enter on behalf of any client.

Read more

Read our interview with Museums + Heritage Advisor about why we're supporting this award.

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