Tramway village’s double award joy

Crich Tramway awards
Crich Tramway awards

A POPULAR tourist attraction in Crich is celebrating after landing two accolades at the prestigious Derbyshire Heritage Awards.

Crich Tramway Village, which is home to the National Tramway Museum, was named winner in two categories at the awards a week yesterday, Tuesday, September 20, at the Silk Mill in Derby.

It triumphed in ‘Best Exhibition’ and ‘Working with Children and Young People’.

The first award was for the new Stephenson Discovery Centre exhibition, while the second was for the centre’s Learning Department for its work on the Renaissance East Midlands-funded ‘MuBu’ project ‘Hear All About It’.

MuBu aims to connect museums and audiences through digital projects.

A spokesman for the tramway village said: “The entries were very high quality and showed a wide range of innovative and interesting ideas.

“The museum is delighted to have won against such stiff opposition.

“We would like to congratulate all our colleagues in other museums, award winners or not, for the excellent projects entered in the scheme.”

The awards, which are in their fifth year, are held annually to celebrate excellence in Derbyshire museums, historic houses and heritage sites.

This year’s judges were Joy Hales, editor of Derbyshire Life and Countryside Magazine, and Mark Suggitt, director of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

The awards were presented by Pauline Beswick, of the Peak District National Park Authority.

Cllr Jean Wharmby, of Derbyshire County Council, said: “We can help make the sense of community thrive, and in our museums, we are doing this. Having a sense of history, where we have been and how we have got to where we are, engenders the pride that helps us strive, giving a sense of belonging.”