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Community Archives and Heritage Group

Community Archive & Heritage Award - 2012

Celebrating the importance of community archives and heritage.

Time is running out!
The closing date for nominations for the Community Archive & Heritage Award is fast approaching, nominations need to be received by the 31st December 2012.


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:
Inspiration
Innovation
Online activity
Best new group

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

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.

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.

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.

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.
 
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