Dudley’s Black Country Living Museum has scooped a national award for its WW1 Greengrocers Exhibition!
Dubbed the ‘Oscars’ of the museums and heritage industry, the National Museums & Heritage Awards celebrate groundbreaking achievements in cultural attractions, and the BCLM was named “best Project on a Limited Budget in the UK” for 2015.
The Dudley venue beat off competition from the likes of the Victoria & Albert and Southend Museums, who were also nominated in the category.
Comedian and TV personality Marcus Brigstocke presented the museum team with their award at a glittering ceremony on Friday, April 29 at the Historic State Rooms of 8 Northumberland Avenue in central London.
The greengrocers project saw a ‘two up two down’ building in the Museum’s living village transformed after research uncovered that it was once a WW1 greengrocers belonging to William & Gertrude Adey. Following a public appeal, the Adey family were found to still live in the area though had not previously known that their ancestors’ house had been replicated at the Museum. A costumed character has since been teaching visitors about the life of the family and their triumphs and tribulations during the Great War. The shop is fully functioning, displaying fruit and vegetables at wartime prices.
Judges said the WW1 Greengrocers is “a very genuine, community-rooted project with real stories at its heart, which addressed the consequences of the first world war in a very authentic way.”
Andrew Lovett, Director at the Black Country Living Museum said: “We’re thrilled to have won a museums and heritage award for our WW1 Greengrocers. This project lies at the heart of our core values as a living history museum at the centre of our community. We’ve transformed a once static exhibit into a fully interactive experience for our visitors. We’re particularly thankful to the Adey family for allowing us to share their stories.”
Other big winners included London’s Imperial War Museum, Historic Royal Palaces, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, the National Trust for Scotland and Tinker Imagineers.