The shortlist for the 2019 Museums + Heritage Awards has been unveiled, with these coveted prizes always hotly contested by establishments from around the UK.
2019 marks the 17th year that the awards have been running for, and a record number of entries were received this year.
Categories relate to everything from a museum’s exhibitions and the restoration work carried out to the quality of museum and gallery shops and the volunteers who help keep the country’s galleries and museums running.
Up for the Temporary or Touring Exhibition of the Year are the Science Museum Group, Florence Nightingale Museum, Salisbury Cathedral, National Museums Liverpool, Museum of London and the Foundling Museum.
The exhibitions at each are very different. For example, the Museum of London’s exhibition Fatberg! is one of the shortlisted events, while the tour of Tim Peake’s spacecraft is the entry under consideration for the Science Museum Group.
Salisbury Cathedral, meanwhile, is up for its exhibition Michael Pendry’s ‘Les Colombes’ #SalisburyCityofDoves.
Speaking to the Salisbury Journal about the nomination, Dean of Salisbury the Very Reverend Nicholas Papadopolous said Les Colombes had a “universal message”.
He added: “From the World War One centenary, which the doves were originally intended to mark, to the shocking events in Salisbury in 2018, the message of reconciliation, peace and resilience embodied in the doves is potent.”
In the Limited Budget Project of the Year category, meanwhile, the likes of University of Cambridge Museums and National Museums Liverpool are up against the Herschel Museum of Astronomy, Bath, The Novium Museum and Studio Evans Lane as part of Historic England’s “Immortalised” exhibition.
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