Imperial War Museum and Historic Royal Palaces shortlisted among 24 London attractions for prestigious global museum awards

Twenty-four visitor attractions in London have been shortlisted to receive prestigious industry awards at the national Museums and Heritage Awards for Excellence ceremony in May.

Innovative and groundbreaking exhibitions including The Enchanted Palace, Henry VIII's Tapestries Revealed and 1001 Inventions have been selected from more than 300 entries across 10 hard-fought categories.

National treasure, comedienne and broadcaster Sue Perkins will announce the 11 lucky winners at the Awards ceremony on Wednesday 11 May at Church House, Westminster.

The Awards applaud projects ranging from groundbreaking achievements of national institutions to those crafted with limited resources and budget. The winners are selected by a panel of sector judges including: Diane Lees, Director General, Imperial War Museums; Sam Mullins, Director, London Transport Museum and other leading sector professionals.

Diane Lees, Director General of Imperial War Museums, said: “The Museums & Heritage Awards is the only scheme which recognises the breadth of scope and scale of operation in museums across the globe. In times of budget cuts they inspire museums and their partner providers to continue to achieve great things and recognise the success of their efforts. They also raise the profile of the participants with their stakeholders which is also critical during times of difficulty.”

Please see the attached file for a breakdown of all London attractions on the shortlist. For global shortlist, please visit the website:



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The Museums & Heritage Awards were launched in 2003 by the organisers of The Museums & Heritage Show – the sector’s biggest trade event for museum and heritage/cultural visitor attraction professionals. The Museums & Heritage Show is an annual event and next takes place at Earls Court, London on 11 and 12 May, 2011.

Judging panel for the 2011 Museums & Heritage Awards:

Diane Lees, Director-General, Imperial War Museum
Bernard Donoghue, Head of Government and Public Affairs at VisitBritain
Sam Mullins, Director, London Transport Museum
Matthew Tanner, Director, ssGreatBritain
Marie Roberts, Editor, M&H Magazine

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