The shortlisted cultural venues for the 2013 Museums + Heritage Awards were recently announced...think of it as the BAFTAs for museums. As you'd imagine, London attractions are prominent, but by no means dominant, in a commendably national list.
Most of the categories are drawn up by industry professionals, but one award — organised by the Guardian — is open for public poll. You're encouraged to vote for the museum or cultural institution that is a "shining example for its ground-breaking approach to engaging with audiences and visitors in 2012-13". The shortlist contains two London favourites: the Grant Museum at UCL, and the Museum of London. These local attractions are pitted against Amlwch Copper Bins in Anglesey, Dorking Museum and Heritage Centre, and Stow Maries Aerodrome in Essex. Vote now via the Guardian's website.
In the wider awards, which you can't vote for:
- The Natural History Museum is up for the Innovation award for its interactive visualisation table.
- The NHM is also up for a Marketing award (for the Animal Inside Out exhibition), as is Cutty Sark...and both are also listed for the Permanent Exhibition award, along with William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow.
- The Wallace Collection and the Design Museum have their eyes on the Educational Initiative award.
- The Project on a Limited Budget prize could go to Pitzhanger Manor House & Gallery in Ealing for These Boots Were Made For Walking. The British Library Georeferencer also gets a nod.
- London Transport Museum is the only local nominee for the Restoration or Conservation prize, for its work on the Underground Pioneer steam train.
- The Design Museum, Wellcome Collection and awards darlings the NHM are all nominated for best Temporary or Touring Exhibition.