Museum’s war exhibit wins top heritage award

HOME OF HEROES ... South Shields Museum and Art Gallery has been presented with a Hudson's Heritage Award.
HOME OF HEROES ... South Shields Museum and Art Gallery has been presented with a Hudson's Heritage Award.

A SOUTH Tyneside museum has picked up a prestigious award.

South Shields Museum and Art Gallery has been presented with a Hudson’s Heritage Award.

The museum, in Ocean Road, South Shields, scooped the prize in the Best First World War event, a special category for the 2015 award, for its exhibition, Home of Heroes: South Tyneside in the First World War.

Museum manager, Geoff Woodward, said: “We are delighted to have won a 2015 Hudson’s Heritage Award.

“Winning one of these awards demonstrates the high standards and commitment we offer our visitors to ensure their experience is the very best.

“Receiving this award is acknowledgment and recognition that South Shields Museum is amongst the elite of heritage attractions in the UK.”

Sarah Greenwood, publisher of Hudson’s Historic Houses & Gardens, said: “We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2015 Hudson’s Heritage Awards today.

“The judges consider everything about the visitor experience, from what you can do to refreshments, toilets and merchandise as well as innovative events, exhibitions, weddings and celebrations.

“All our winners offer their visitors fantastic experiences and Hudson’s are immensely proud to be involved with a scheme that rewards and recognises the very best heritage attractions.”

Established in 2011, the awards are an independently-judged annual national scheme open to historic houses, gardens, museums and heritage sites.

Dan Snow, historian and broadcaster, presented the awards at Goldsmiths Hall in London, with about 100 guests, including owners and managers of the winning entries and representatives of the heritage tourist industry.