Attractions get heritage awards

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Top museums, historic houses and heritage sites have been recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony.

Tourist attractions from across the county were celebrated at the fifth Derbyshire Heritage Awards Ceremony.

Winners included Crich Tramway Village which picked up the Best Exhibition award for new The Stephenson Discovery Centre.

The Tramway Village was also joint winner in the category commending work with children and young people – along with Bakewell Old House Museum.

The Inspiration Award was clinched by the Florence Nightingale Derbyshire Association while the Judges’ Special Award was presented to Bakewell Old House Museum for “completion of the building project to high design standards and the re-visioning of the museum spaces.”

The museum has undergone a three-year refurbishment project to create new facilities and space.

Manager Anita Spencer said she was delighted to win the award.

She added: “I think it’s important to recognise good practice from museums and tourist attractions in the area and it recognises the efforts volunteers play.

“We have a lot of volunteers and they are very committed and put in an awful lot of time.”

Laura Greaves, at Crich Tramway Village said: “The entries were very high quality and showed a wide range of innovative and interesting ideas, the museum is delighted to have won against such stiff opposition.

“We would like to congratulate all our colleagues in other museums, award winners or not, for the excellent projects entered in the scheme.”

The awards were presented by Pauline Beswick, member representative for cultural heritage and historic environment issues at the Peak District National Park.