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Success for The Children's Country House at 2023 Museum & Heritage Awards

A child wearing period costume dances in the Saloon room at Sudbury Hall, which is darkened and lit by disco ball lights.
Dancing in the 'candlelit' Saloon at The Children's Country House at Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

National Trust’s, The Children’s Country House at Sudbury in Derbyshire was recently announced as Permanent Exhibition of the Year at the Museum & Heritage Awards 2023.

Held at a glittering packed out ceremony at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London, the awards celebrate the very best in the world of museums, galleries, and cultural and heritage visitor attractions.

On announcing The Children’s Country House as the winners in the Permanent Exhibition of the Year category, the judges noted ‘That this winning permanent exhibition has moved the sector's dial! It is a participatory and imaginative new bold approach to interpreting historic houses and heritage’.

Jodie Lees, Creative Programme Manager at The Children’s Country House said “It is fantastic that we have been recognised in these industry leading awards. The team here have worked incredibly hard to create an experience with, for and by children and families’.”

The Long Gallery at The Children's Country House at Sudbury, Derbyshire
The Long Gallery at The Children's Country House at Sudbury, Derbyshire | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Jodie continued “This is a new way for a Trust house to work with children, and we’ve built close relationships with the children and their families. The children have been part of this process and enjoyed sharing their ideas, thoughts and feedback but above all they love that this is somewhere tailored for them.”

John Orna-Ornstein, National Trust’s Director of Curation and Experience said “I am delighted to see the well-deserved recognition for The Children’s Country House and the team there. It is truly bringing history to life for children in a fun, creative but informative way, encouraging an interest and curiosity in heritage among young people that we hope will last them a lifetime.”

The Museum & Heritage Awards are open to all museums, galleries, archives, and cultural and heritage organisations, both digital and in-person. Entries are welcomed from all areas of the cultural sector; from organisations that connect objects, stories and spaces with audiences and people, as well as the individuals, companies and organisations which support their work.