Chester-based Heritage team nominated for national AHI 2015 Discover Heritage Awards

July 13, 2015

AHI_ShortlistedA Chester-based heritage team have been shortlisted in the Association for Heritage Interpretation 2015 Discover Heritage Awards – for excellence in cultural and natural heritage interpretation in Britain and Ireland.

City-centre based Big Heritage have been nominated for their Roman Medicine Roadshow project which the company created and delivers on behalf of The Wellcome Trust. The project explores the history and archaeology of medicine in the Roman world, and alongside large public events, the team have been delivering free workshops to primary and secondary schools across the North West.

AHI received a record number 49 entries to the re-launch year of its prestigious awards, now being held biennially. AHI Discover Heritage Awards are the only UK and Irish awards to recognise all types of heritage interpretation. Projects of all shapes, sizes and budgets were entered from England, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

AHI patron Loyd Grossman announces the winners at the gala awards ceremony, held at the AHI conference on the 21st October at the Hilton Central Hotel, Newbury.

Big Heritage Chief Executive, Dean Paton said “It was a shock to find out we had been nominated alongside some of the largest heritage projects across the UK and Ireland. It’s a real privilege and testament to how our relatively small team creates huge impact through intelligent and creative heritage interpretation.”

Bill Bevan, AHI Vice-Chair said “The number and quality of entrants into the AHI 2015 Discover Heritage Awards made short-listing an exceptionally tough process. It is an international badge of excellence whether a site wins, or is shortlisted or commended in one of the categories.”

The AHI Discover Heritage Awards are the only UK and Irish awards to recognise excellence in all types and sizes of heritage interpretation whether held in museums, historic buildings, visitor centres or any type of outdoor location. The awards celebrate projects that best meet their interpretive aims and successfully communicate their key messages to their audiences.

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