Museum wins top awards

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Staff at Erewash Museum are celebrating after winning a national award and being named Derbyshire Museum of the Year.

It’s the second year running that the Ilkeston museum has scooped the award for being the best in the county and just days later it was given Sandford Award for its excellence in heritage education work with schoolchildren.

Helen Martinez, museum manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded the title of Derbyshire Museum of the Year for a second time and look forward to building on our success in the future. The Sandford Award comes as a result of the team’s hard work and enthusiasm in building relationships with local schools, and we are very proud to have been given this external accreditation for excellence in learning.”

Cllr Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s lead member for culture and leisure, was at the ceremony and says the award will be warmly welcomed by the thousands of families and residents who visit the Museum every year: “It is the first time a Museum has won the award in consecutive years, so it is a massive achievement for Erewash.

“There are well over 60 museums and historic houses in Derbyshire, but we have the best of the best in our borough and that’s official.”

Confirming the Sandford Award the judges said: “The museum’s education potential is huge and this award should be seen as a stepping stone to better things.”