Corinium Museum Awarded Bronze at South West Tourism Excellence Awards

Release date: 7 February 2018

Photo: Isobel Milne (Commercial Services Officer, Corinium Museum)  and James Harris, (Collections and Engagement Officer, Corinium Museum) collecting the bronze award for best Small Visitor Attraction in the South West.  Photographer credit – Nick Williams.

Corinium Museum staff are celebrating after winning Bronze in the Small Visitor Attraction category at this year’s South West Tourism Awards.

The awards ceremony for finalists took place last week in Torquay and was hosted by BBC presenter Vanessa Graham. Opening the event Robin Barker of Services for Tourism stated:

“We have seen a record 647 entries across the South West, and I’d like to commend you – the South West’s leading tourism businesses for your vision, investment, hard work and excellence.

“You have had the courage to put yourselves forward to be judged, have been through a three phase judging process, and will all be winners tonight.”

Corinium Museum Director Amanda Hart said,

“Behind the scenes at the Corinium Museum, our dedicated staff have been working away on two major grant-funded projects. However, to our visitors it is business as usual, therefore we have continued to offer a wide-ranging programme of events and a memorable visitor experience. As one of only two museums to make it through to the South West Tourism finals, I am delighted that this achievement has been recognised and celebrated with a Bronze Award for Best Small Visitor Attraction.”

The Museum is currently planning improvements to the Prehistory and Early Roman galleries through the Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Stone Age to Corinium’ project. The new galleries, discovery centre and garden will ensure visitors have an even better cultural experience when they visit the Corinium Museum. An Arts Council England Resilience-funded rebranding and a new website project is also underway with results to be seen in the very near future.

Cotswold District Council owns the Museum, which is operated by Everyone Active, and Councillor Stephen Hirst, CDC’s Cabinet Member responsible for Museums and Arts at Cotswold District Council, is thrilled with the regional recognition for excellence. He commented:

“This award is well deserved and I would like to thank the dedicated staff at the Corinium Museum who always work hard to provide an outstanding visitor experience. The Museum is undoubtedly the jewel in the Cotswold crown – its large and internationally significant collections of archaeology, social and rural history attract people of all ages from near and far, and it is rightly acknowledged as a treasure trove of Roman artefacts.  Over the years, this impressive attraction has won many awards, and this prestigious new accolade recognises its continuing appeal.”

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Corinium Museum

The Corinium Museum is an award winning museum that tells the story of archaeology across the Cotswolds. The museum offers a vibrant education programme and welcomes in excess of 8000 school pupils each year.

South West Tourism Award

The South West Tourism Excellence awards celebrates tourism and customer excellence and identifies the best attractions across the region. Competitors enter different categories including  accessibility, hospitality, dog friendly, sporting experiences, etc. Finalists are assessed by a panel of independent judges and mystery shoppers. Corinium Museum entered the Small Visitor Attraction category. The Bronze Award for best Small Visitor Attraction was sponsored by Customerwise.co.uk

http://www.southwesttourismawards.org.uk/

Event photos can be downloaded free of charge from http://nickwilliamsphotographer.co.uk/p78268138  (Presenter names can be found HERE)

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Media contact:  Emma Stuart/Sarah Lewis, Corinium Museum, Park Street, Cirencester. GL7 2BX

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