Announcing the shortlist for the Museums Change Lives Awards

Yosola Olorunshola, 18.09.2019
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The shortlist for this year’s Museums Change Lives (MCL) Awards has been selected from an inspiring range of entries from across the sector.

Now in their second year, the awards champion the work of individuals and institutions working with and for communities.

Chosen from a longlist of more than 60 entries, the finalists all represent innovative projects working to inspire change in the lives of their audiences, and reflect a broad range of voices, regions and themes.

Judges particularly looked to reward projects that successfully reflect one or more of the themes of the Museums Change Lives campaign: promoting health and wellbeing, creating better places, and inspiring engagement, reflection and debate. 

Discover the 2019 nominees below:

Museums Change Lives Award shortlist

•    Jewish Museum London – Jews, Money, Myth
•    Glasgow Women’s Library – Decoding Inequality
•    Scottish Maritime Museum – Garnock Connections Skiff Project
•    Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums – Women of Tyneside
•    Time and Tide Museum – Seaside Suitcases

Best Small Museum Award shortlist

•    Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar and Cleveland – Steel Stories
•    Totnes Elizabethan House Museum – Totnes Women’s Voices 1918-2018
•    Museum of Cardiff – Memory Boxes

Radical Changemaker Award shortlist

•    Bridget McKenzie – Climate Museum
•    Ellie Miles – London Transport Museum
•    Victoria Rogers – Museum of Cardiff

Judges’ Award for Environmental Sustainability shortlist

•    Leeds Museums and Galleries – Beavers to Weavers
•    Horniman Museum and Gardens – Beat Plastic Pollution
•    The Manchester Museum – Harlequin Frog Conservation Project

“We are delighted to be running the Museums Change Lives Awards again and I was overwhelmed by the number and quality of applications this year,” said Sharon Heal, director of the Museums Association (MA).

“There’s a real depth and breadth of work which demonstrates that museums of all types and sizes are doing great things working with their communities. It was really difficult to choose finalists in each of the categories, and it was great to be able to debate with fellow judges who bring their own expertise to the process.

“A huge congratulations to everyone who applied – winner or not you are all life changers!”

The judging panel includes Moira Sinclair, the chief executive of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Carol Rogers, the director of engagement at National Museums Liverpool, Sharon Heal, MA director, Dianna Djokey, the communities curator at the John Hansard Gallery, Jilly Burns, the head of national and international partnerships at National Museums Scotland, and Rachel Cockett, the director of development at Birmingham Museums Trust and last year’s winner of Best Museums Change Lives Project.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 3 October during the MA conference in Brighton, following a keynote from Maggie Appleton and the annual general meeting.

The MA Conference and Exhibition takes place 3-5 October at the Brighton Centre. This year’s theme is Sustainable and Ethical Museums in a Globalised World. Book your ticket here.