Erewash Museum has scooped the top honour at the first ever East Midlands Heritage Awards.
The museum won the overall Excellence Award, having already received two highly commended awards during the presentation ceremony at Nottingham Trent University.
Erewash was nominated by its peer museums and was put to the public vote. Eight museums had been in the running for the overall honour.
Councillor Mike Wallis, the borough council’s lead member for culture and leisure, said: “Our Museum goes from strength to strength and is a winner in every sense of the word. It continues to attract visitors of all ages and we are very grateful to all those who voted for
Erewash - there is no better tribute than an award decided by the public.”
The museum team were commended in the Heart of the Community award for last year’s Mining Remembered Project, which featured an exhibition, community event and school workshops. They were also commended in the Engaging Young People Award for their work to install accessible play equipment in the museum gardens, working with young people from Bennerley Fields School in Ilkeston.
The success for Erewash Museum, which is based in Dalby House in Ilkeston, is the latest of many awards and commendations that it has won in recent times. It remains the Derbyshire Museum of the Year, having won the overall title for the last two years. It was also awarded the National Sanford Award for Heritage Education last year for its work in providing learning sessions with local schoolchildren.
The council is currently working on a project to win more than £400,000 of Heritage Lottery funding to convert the old stable block into a new learning and visitor centre.