2015 Awards & Winners

We are delighted to announce the results of the AHI 2015 Discover Heritage Awards – for excellence in cultural and natural heritage interpretation in Britain and Ireland.

Congratulations to all recipients of an award - winners, runners up and commended entries.

Fáilte Ireland is supporting the training of judges from the Republic of Ireland.
  • The AHI Discover Heritage Awards 2015

    Sponsored by Geoshow

    The AHI Discover Heritage Awards – for excellence in cultural and natural heritage interpretation in Britain and Ireland 2015 are sponsored by Geosho.
  • Museums and historic properties/sites

    Sponsored by Bright 3D

    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 here/in the Landscapes, Forests, Nature Reserves, Parks and Gardens category, while more discrete sites, such as battlefields, could be entered in either.

    Re-Presenting Eltham Palace
  • Landscapes, forests, nature reserves, parks and gardens

    Sponsored by The Way Design

    For the interpretation of cultural and/or natural heritage of the wider outdoors in any form, from a small garden to a landscape.
    Walking with Romans
  • Visitor / Interpretation Centres

    Sponsored by Bett Associates

    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.
    The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre
  • Community projects

    Sponsored by Canal and River Trust

    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.
    Nine Men, Nine Lives, One Great War
  • Interpretation for a target audience

    Sponsored by Colour Heroes

    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.
    The Roman Medicine Roadshow
  • The AHI Award for Excellence in Interpretation

    Sponsored by AHI

    The Awards Judging Panel will choose one of the five category winners to be the best overall project of 2015.
    The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre
  • The AHI Lifetime Achievement Award

    Sponsored by

    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.

    James Carter FAHI.

    The inaugural AHI Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded to James Carter FAHI because:

    During a thirty year career, James has demonstrated his commitment and effectiveness to the development of interpretation over a long period of time and across all key areas of the discipline.

    James has made an outstanding and lasting contribution to the field in a number of key areas, including developing theory in interpretation; informing, educating and training interpreters; establishing interpretation as a profession/discipline; and producing exemplary interpretive projects. James is helping Interpret Europe develop a European-wide training framework for interpreters.

    He has been heavily involved with the work of AHI in supporting and promoting interpretation in the UK, including being made a fellow, serving on its governing committee twice and chairing it for two years.

    We thank you for all you have done and look forward to what you are yet to do.
  • Awards Gala Dinner

    Sponsored by Haley Sharpe Design

    The 2015 awards ceremony will be held on the 21st October at the 2015 conference in Wiltshire.

    Each shortlisted entrant will give a two-minute presentation about their project. The tension will mount as AHI Patron Loyd Grossman announces the winners and presents the awards on what will be an exciting night for entrants and conference delegates.