Exhibition displays

interpret britain and ireland awards

AHI re-launched its awards scheme at the 2014 conference under the new name of Discover Heritage Awards – for excellence in cultural and natural heritage interpretation in Britain and Ireland.

We will soon post information about joining the judging panel, becoming a site judge, sponsorshop and entering the Awards.

The Awards will:

• celebrate heritage interpretation in all its forms
• be a prestigious badge of recognition for winning and shortlisted entries
• share, encourage and showcase good interpretive practice and the organisations responsible for it within the profession and related professions
• publicise good interpretive practice and the organisations responsible for it through the media
• provide interpretive evaluation to all entrants
• train volunteer judges to evaluate short-listed entrants
• have experienced interpreters mentor those new to the profession or studying interpretation through the pairing of volunteer judges

There will be seven Awards categories:
1. Museums and historic properties/sites.
2. Landscapes, forests, nature reserves, parks and gardens
3. Visitor and interpretation centres.
4. Community projects (developed and co-managed by community groups)
5. Interpretation for a target audience [e.g. visitors with particular disabilities; BMEs; young children; excluded groups; those in need of skills and training] - not a changing category each year, but inviting projects with a very specific aim to enhance access for particular, defined groups
6. The AHI award. “Excellence in Interpretation” – the best of show award (a winner picked from the category winners).
7. Lifetime achievement: special award, for nominated individuals rather than projects or organisations.

We will open submissions in January 2015, shortlist and judge entrants during summer 2015 and hold the first awards ceremony at the 2015 conference. The awards will then be held biennially.

An AHI-appointed judging panel will short list entrants and making the final decisions based on the evaluations of the volunteer judges.