Dunham Massey and Waddesdon Manor were among this year’s winners of the prestigious Hudson’s Heritage Awards.
Dan Cruickshank, distinguished architectural historian, presented the awards at Goldsmiths’ Hall in London yesterday, with invited guests including owners and managers of the winning entries, representatives of the heritage tourist industry and the media.
Established in 2011, the awards are an independently judged annual national scheme open to historic houses, gardens, museums and heritage sites. The 11 categories reward a range of visitor experiences and recognise the best heritage attractions in the whole of the UK.The independent judging panel of heritage experts included Chairman Norman Hudson OBE, heritage consultant; Lucinda Lambton, writer and broadcaster; Jeremy Musson, architectural writer; Simon Foster, consultant to Channel 4’s Country House Rescue and Ken Robinson, CBE, tourism business consultant.
The award for Best Event/Exhibition went to the National Trust’s Dunham Massey in Cheshire. Their recreation of the Stamford Military Hospital in 2014-15 commemorated the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
Daniel Dodd, the National Trust’s Director of Communications and Content, said: “We’re delighted that Dunham Massey, Waddesdon and Croome have been recognised at Hudson’s Heritage awards.
“Dunham Massey’s ambitious re-interpretation as a First World War hospital has raised the bar for authentic and engaging story-telling – winning this award is an enormous tribute to the local team. It was also exciting to see innovation recognised at Croome, one of a number of National Trust entries, which showed how we are finding new ways to engage visitors in conservation work. And congratulations to Waddesdon for the breadth and excellence of its food – quite an achievement to be the best heritage place to eat out.”
Of the winners, Sarah Greenwood, publisher of leading heritage guide Hudson’s Historic Houses & Gardens, said: “The judges have been impressed by the standards of innovation and the range of visitor experiences this year. From great food to original loos, visitors to today’s heritage sites can expect more than just history and beauty on a day out, though there is always plenty of both!”