Community Archives and Heritage Group (CAHG)

Community Archive & Heritage Award - 2012
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Photo:Marden History Group winners of the Community Archive of the Year Award 2011, Laura Cotton Chair of CAHG presenting David McFarland with the award

Marden History Group winners of the Community Archive of the Year Award 2011, Laura Cotton Chair of CAHG presenting David McFarland with the award

Celebrating the importance of community archives and heritage.

Nominations are now closed for the 2012 Community Archive & Heritage Awards 

Categories

There will be awards in each of the categories listed below.

The Awards are open to members of the Community Archives and Heritage Group (CAHG) (i.e. community archives, community heritage groups, community museums and community archaeology groups). If your group is not already a member of CAHG it is free to join.

You may enter one or more categories however you can only make one entry per category. For 2012 there will be four categories:

Ø  Inspiration

Ø  Innovation

Ø  Online activity

Ø  Best new group

There will be an additional award sponsored by the YOUR FAMILY HISTORY magazine for:

Ø  The COMMUNITY ARCHIVE and HERITAGE GROUP of the YEAR

This award will be given to the group or project which has most impressed the judges across all the categories. As well as receiving a trophy the COMMUNITY ARCHIVE and HERITAGE GROUP of the YEAR’ will be presented with a cheque for £150.

Complete our online form  or downloaded a paper application below.


Inspiration

Do you have ideas or good practice to share?

Tell us about an inspiring project or activity that your group may have done that you think other groups could usefully learn from.

The aim of this category is to discover ideas and good practice that could be shared between community archives or heritage groups. The activity or project entered could be part of the day to day activity of the group or be a one off.

The project or activity may have had a particular impact on others.

You may have used a prize object or document from your collection in an interesting way to have inspired or widened interest in your group or in local history or it may have been used for original research.

You will be assessed against your evidence of the following information:

  • How clearly the project has been described in the application;
  • The originality of the project;
  • Clarity in defining the target audience and in delivering the  project;
  • The impact that the project has had on the target audience: e.g. numbers of participants, visitors, web hits; feedback from the target group;
  • The possibility of the project being inspirational to other groups.

 You are welcome to expand and include other information in your submission.

Complete our online form  or downloaded a paper application below.


Innovation

Tell us about an innovative or unique project.

This category is looking for projects that are trail-blazing, ones that have tried something completely new and have succeeded. Entries might, for example, be new ways of collecting or presenting collections on line; they might describe technical innovations; or they might be about new ways of engaging with the public.

Again, the judges will be looking for ideas that could be shared between community archives or heritage groups. The activity or project entered could be part of the day to day activity of the group or be a one off.

You will be assessed against your evidence of the following information:

  • The degree of innovation;
  • The impact that the project has had on the target audience: e.g. numbers of participants, visitors, web hits; feedback from the target group;
  • The impact that the project has had on the group and its future plans;
  • The possibility of the project being used as a model by other groups

You are welcome to expand and include other information in your submission.

Complete our online form  or downloaded a paper application below.


COMMUNITY WEBSITE OF THE YEAR

Tell us about your online activity. Have you launched something new? Is your web presence special? Perhaps you have an interactive element that is particularly successful.

You will be assessed against your evidence of the following information:

  • Accessibility and look of the website (does it encourage the visitor to look through it);
  • Degree of information given on the site;
  • Appropriateness and accuracy of the information given;
  • Number of hits (this is for information – you will not be assessed solely on this!);
  • Evidence of the website being promoted in the community.

You are welcome to expand and include other information in your submission.

Complete our online form  or downloaded a paper application below.


Best New Group

Is yours a newly established group? If your group was set up after January 1st 2011 you are eligible to enter for this category.

You will be assessed against your evidence of the following information:

  • The achievements of the group since being started;
  • How you have identified your target audience;
  • The difference made by the group to the target audience;
  • The impact that the project has had on the target audience: e.g. numbers of participants, visitors, web hits; feedback from the target group;
  • Plans for the future development of the group.

 You are welcome to expand and include other information in your submission.


Nomination process:

The Awards are open to community groups in the UK and Ireland.

The CAHG Committee reserves the right not to make an award if, in the opinion of the Committee, there is no entry of a high enough standard.

You may nominate your own group, or nominate another group by completing the online form  or by completing a paper application form which can be downloaded below.

Please complete one application per category using no more than 500 words for each category. If you are entering more than one category you need only complete one form giving details of your organisation

Closing date for nominations is 31st December 2012

This page was added on 26/07/2012.

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