The AHI 2017 Discover Heritage Awards

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The AHI 2017 Discover Heritage Awards are sponsored by Wessex Archeology.

Awards Application

Please select the award that you would like apply for.

  • Museums and historic properties/sites - closes: 28.02.2017 23:59 >>

    This is a project that is based upon a collection, building or property. 

    A museum is defined as a collection-based organisation rather than the display of objects at a visitor centre. Museum-led projects that take parts of their collection off-site to places that are not visitor centres are eligible. An historic property/site could be a house, castle, industrial or archaeological site. Projects about extensive historic landscapes should be entered in the Landscapes, Forests, Nature Reserves, Parks and Gardens category, while more discrete sites, such as battlefields, could be entered in either.

    Sponsored by: Minerva Heritage (

    Minerva Heritage is an independent team of dedicated professionals providing heritage management consultancy and services for archaeology, interpretation, learning and museums.

  • Landscapes, forests, nature reserves, parks and gardens - closes: 28.02.2017 23:59 >>

    For the interpretation of cultural and/or natural heritage of the wider outdoors in any form, from a small garden to a landscape.

    Sponsored by: Bright 3d (

    Visitor experiences, perfectly expressed.

  • Visitor / Interpretation Centres
 - closes: 28.02.2017 23:59 >>

    This category includes new visitor centres as well as established centres producing new interpretation.

    A centre may be linked to a property, site, landscape or whole region. It may be a standalone building or set within a larger building, such as a tourist information centre. You will be judged on how you use the built space of a centre to tell the cultural or natural heritage story of the property, site, landscape or region.

 An eligible centre can include a collection of objects in its displays, but the centre itself should not be a collecting museum. If you are the latter please enter the Museums and Historic Properties/Sites category. Visitor centres at historic properties or landscapes are eligible in this category where they form a distinct and separate element to the rest of the property.

    Sponsored by: Bett Associates (

    Bett Associates brings together the very best practitioners and contractors to create innovative solutions to match client ambitions. We work with a range of like minded award winning professionals, who share our creative vision and commitment to the sector.

  • Community projects
 - closes: 28.02.2017 23:59 >>

    This is for a project that has been led or co-produced by a volunteer-based community organisation or group. It can be one where the whole project has been produced by a community group, where the group has brought in contractors to help with delivering interpretation or where a group has worked as equal partners with an organisation such as a museum, local authority or charity employing staff.

    The Award will recognise the work of volunteer-led groups in taking the lead or being equal partners in producing and co-producing interpretation.

    Sponsored by: Canal and River Trust (

    The Canal & River Trust is here so you have a place to escape. A place where you can step off the pavement, onto the towpath and breathe.

    We are a charity, and we are entrusted to care for 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales.

  • Interpretation for a target audience - closes: 28.02.2017 23:59 >>

    Where you have identified the need to create an interpretive project for a specific audience that you are otherwise not catering for. You may be creating something specific for audiences that already use your site, but perhaps you feel that you didn’t communicate to them effectively, or are actively reaching out to new audiences you wish to engage with more fully.

    Sponsored by: Colour Heroes (

    Bespoke Publishing & Illustration, From Concept to Completion.

  • The AHI Award for Excellence in Interpretation
 - closes: 28.02.2017 23:59

    The Awards Judging Panel will choose one of the five category winners to be the best overall project of 2017.

    Sponsored by: AHI (

    AHI believes that interpretation enriches our lives through engaging emotions, enhancing experiences and deepening understanding of places, people, events and objects from the past and present.

  • The AHI Lifetime Achievement Award
 - closes: 28.02.2017 23:59

    This is a special award, for nominated individuals, which recognises an outstanding and lasting contribution to the heritage interpretation profession over a significant period of time.

    Nominations are open until 28th February 2017. To nominate someone, a proposer and seconder are requested to write 500 words on why the nominated person deserves to be recognised for the achievements they have made over their lifetime. Please email this to

    Sponsored by: AHI (

    AHI believes that interpretation enriches our lives through engaging emotions, enhancing experiences and deepening understanding of places, people, events and objects from the past and present.