Museum is best in Derbyshire

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STAFF at Ilkeston’s Erewash Museum are celebrating after scooping Museum of the Year award at a county ceremony.

The team were also awarded Best Exhibition for the Swing Back to the Forties event on a successful evening at the Derbyshire Heritage Awards.

Manager Helen Martinez said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have won both awards.

“With there being more than 60 museums in the county we were really surprised.

“The judges praised the staff’s enthusiasm and dedication and I’d like to thank them all for their hard work.

“Next year is the museum’s 30th birthday so it will be great to have the title throughout the celebrations.”

Cllr Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s lead member for culture and leisure, said: “Museum of the Year – what a wonderful and well-deserved honour for Erewash,

“I am sure residents and visitors to the borough will share our pride and delight at this news.

“There are over 60 museums and historic houses in Derbyshire and so this is a massive achievement for the museum and all of our staff and volunteers.

“It is a tribute to the hard work of everyone involved and recognises the commitment to providing a quality, forward-thinking programme of activities, events and exhibitions for people of all ages.

“It has been an outstanding year for Erewash Museum and it is fabulous that is has been recognised as a first class visitor attraction – the best in Derbyshire.”

The museum is based at Dalby House, just off Ilkeston’s Market Place.

For information about exhibits and events visit www.erewashmuseum.co.uk or call 0115 9071141.