Daventry Museum crowned Heritage Organisation of the Year

(Left to right: Daventry Mayor Cllr Mike Arnold, Museum Volunteer Rita Harding, Volunteer Museum Curator Rod Viveash, Development & Liaison Officer Sophie Good, Chairman of Daventry District Council Cllr David Smith, and Chris Heaton-Harris MP for Daventry)

Daventry Town Council is delighted to announce that Daventry Museum won Heritage Organisation of the Year at the Northamptonshire Heritage Forum Awards 2019. The awards evening was held on a beautiful summer’s evening at Holdenby House on 4th July 2019.

Image showing Earl Spencer and Development & Liaison Officer Sophie Good holding Daventry Museum award.

(The Rt Hn. Earl Spencer and Development & Liaison Officer for Daventry Museum and Town Council, Sophie Good) 

Patron of the Northamptonshire Heritage Forum, The Rt Hn. Earl Spencer presented the prestigious award to Daventry Museum. He later tweeted:

“I love being Patron of the Northamptonshire Heritage Forum: this is a county with glorious houses and churches, & wonderful museums; but its real gift is an army of people passionate about approachable heritage. Overall winner: Daventry Museum for its poignant WW1 exhibition”.

The Community Award also went to Daventry Museum for its Empty Chair Project, which brought the community together to commemorate Daventry’s 114 lost soldiers. Each soldier was remembered and represented through a symbolic model chair made by Daventry schools and community groups. The museum would like to thank Gerry Thompson, a local war historian whose research and support was integral to the project’s success.

Display of model chairs that had been made by local community.

(Empty Chair Display)

To top off the exciting evening the museum received a highly commended award in the Best Exhibition category for the Victorian Daventry Exhibition held earlier this year. This was a very popular exhibition with plenty of schools and community groups visiting; much fun was had dressing up as Victorians too!

Volunteers of museum in period costumes.

(Volunteer Museum Curator Rod Viveash and Museum Volunteer Helen Schultheiss)

The Forum Awards is a prestigious event which showcases excellence within Museums, Galleries and Historic Houses in Northamptonshire, and so the museum is thrilled to have been recognised.

The awards evening was attended by the Mayor of Daventry, Cllr Mike Arnold who congratulated the museum team and said, “These awards are so well deserved for all the exemplary work carried out by the volunteers who create such informative and exciting exhibitions year after year”.

The awards would not have been achieved without the support of the Town Council and the dedication and hard work from the Volunteer Team, who are the heart and soul of the museum.

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