Last week, while surrounded by the beautiful Althorp House and Grounds (with deer!), I was so proud to represent the Town Hall Project at the county’s heritage award ceremony. Earl Spencer had offered to host the ceremony as patron of the Northamptonshire Heritage Forum, and it was an incredible honour to be in his home to celebrate the county’s heritage.
As well as being awed by Althorp, it was fabulous to hear about all the wonderful heritage projects and organisations from across the county – Kettering Heritage Society have taken over a room at their train station and everyone who comes to Kettering gets to see their fabulous displays and information as soon as they arrive – what a great way to get heritage into the community! The Northamptonshire Studies team at Northamptonshire Libraries had created an amazing partnership with a scout group in Irchester, and together they had completed their Local Knowledge Badge – a fantastic idea that could be easily replicated with other heritage organisations across the county!
While sat in the beautiful Blue Room at Althorp, we listened to Radio Northampton’s John Griff introduce each award in turn and we heard how tough the judge’s job had been at picking winners for each category.
I was over the moon when Brackley Town Hall Project’s Baa Baa Brackley won the award for Best Event! The judges loved how the event celebrated Brackley’s present woolly activities and craftspeople as well as our wool heritage. As you can see I was very pleased to have won…
After 145 hours of incredible digitising volunteering, Roger won highly commended for his volunteer project here at the Town Hall Project. There is over 2000 volunteers in the county’s heritage sector so to have come second is a real achievement and we are so proud of and grateful to Roger for all of his time and expertise that he has donated to this project.
This is Roger’s certificate for his incredible commitment to volunteering.
Johnathan Platt, Head of HLF East Midlands, presented the Volunteering Project award and was proud to announce a winner at one of the region’s Heritage Lottery Funded projects.
This is a photo of all the winners and Earl Spencer on the night.
A big thanks to everyone who has got involved with the Town Hall Project – these awards are for you!