Community Archive & Heritage Awards 2014

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The Community Archives and Heritage Group are pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the 2014 Community Archive & Heritage Award.

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

Categories

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

You may enter one or more categories however you can only make one entry per category. The projects should have taken place during 2013. For 2014 there will be four categories:

Ø  Inspiration

Ø  Innovation

Ø  Web site of the Year

Ø  Best new group

There will be an additional award sponsored by the STICKS RESEARCH AGENCY 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.

Sticks Research Agency is one of the UK’s leading historical research organisations. Founded in 2000 by broadcaster, author and historian Dr Nick Barratt (from TV shows such as Who Do You Think You Are?, House Detectives and Find My Past).

INSPIRATION

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.

INNOVATION

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.

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.

BEST NEW GROUP

Is yours a newly established group? If your group was set up after January 1st 2012 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 heritage and archive groups in the UK and Ireland.

You may nominate your own group, or nominate another group by completing the  online form or by completing the paper application form 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 (Section 1). General background information about the group and its activities should be included in Section 1. This should include information on the plans or policies that the group has in place and whether you have a constitution.

You may supply images to support your application (no more than 3). These should be submitted in jpg format. By sending these you are giving permission (or confirming that you have obtained permission) for their use by CAHG and supporting organisations (including for media purposes).

You can submit other documents to support your application. These could be promotional leaflets, feedback from participants or anything that will strengthen your application. Photos and supporting documents supplied in hard copy will not be returned, so please do not send us any originals – only copies. However, you will be primarily assessed on the evidence that you submit to support the criteria for each category listed above.

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.

The closing date for entries is 31st January 2014

Please apply by email if you have material that you would like to send us in paper form and we will then send you an address to send it to.

What happens next

A panel, including an external expert, will assess the nominations. Each category will be looked at independently and an award given for each. One group will then be chosen for the Community Archive and Heritage Group of the Year Award.

All entrants will be informed of the decisions after they have been approved by the Committee of CAHG.

The winners will be announced at the CAHG 2014 Conference, when each winner will be presented with a certificate. As well as receiving a trophy the COMMUNITY ARCHIVE and HERITAGE GROUP of the YEAR’ will be presented with a cheque for £150. CAHG will also arrange local and national press releases and support the winners in sharing the news. Each winner will also be featured on the CAHG website.

This page was added on 03/11/2013.

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