Gainsborough Old Hall was chosen as the venue for an award ceremony which celebrated the wonderful work taking place in museums, historic houses and heritage sites across Lincolnshire.
The Lincolnshire Heritage Awards, run by the Lincolnshire Heritage Forum were judged by David Sleight, Dean of the Faculty of Media, Humanities and Technology, University of Lincoln, Emma Tatlow, Visit Lincoln Partnership Manager, and Steve LeMottee, Executive Director at East Midlands Museums Service, during a two day tour of Lincolnshire in May.
The award for Best Volunteer Project, sponsored by Gainsborough Town Partnership, was won by Alford and District Civic Trust with Woolsthorpe Manor being highly commended.
The Young People in Heritage award winner was Caistor Arts and Heritage Centre.
The winner of the Best Exhibition award, sponsored by Community Lincs, was The Collection, Lincoln for the Joseph Banks Exhibition and Alford and District Civic Trust were Highly Commended.
The Inspiration Award, sponsored by Visit Lincoln Partnership, was won by Gainsborough Old Hall and Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum was Highly Commended.
The Best Project on a Limited Budget (£0-£500) was Woolsthorpe Manor.
The winner of Best Use of Digital Resources was Market Rasen Business Improvement Group- Market Rasen Heritage Tour.
The Judges’ Special Awards, which were selected by the judges for projects or people they felt were particularly commendable went to Jackie Goodall, Chair of Lincolnshire Heritage Forum and outgoing Director of Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum for services to Heritage in Lincolnshire and Chain Bridge Forge for Outstanding Community Engagement
And the final award for Excellence went to Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum.
Chair, Jackie Goodall, said: “This occasion allows us to highlight the extraordinary contribution that volunteers make to heritage as they work alongside the enthusiastic, committed people employed across the sector.”
“We strive to preserve our county’s heritage for the future, to share it with as broad an audience as possible, organise exciting and entertaining events and activities plus provide resources and programmes for schools.”