Haslemere Museum is delighted to announce that their Museum in a Million campaign has been shortlisted for the Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence 2018 in the category of ‘Fundraising Initiative of the Year’.

The annual Museums + Heritage Awards, now in their 16th year, recognise projects of excellence, innovative and ground-breaking initiatives from galleries and visitor attractions across the UK and overseas. These range from remarkable achievements of national institution to projects crafted with limited resources and those championing their staff and volunteers who work hard to deliver inspiring visitor experiences.

The awards are judged by a panel of the sector’s leading lights including, Diane Lees, Director General, Imperial War Museums; Bernard Donoghue, Director, Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) and other leading sector professionals.

The winner will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony on 16 May 2018 in the Historic Staterooms of London’s 8 Northumberland Avenue by Reverend Richard Coles.

The Museum’s major fundraising campaign was supported by individual donations and bequests by benefactors, as well as a range of fundraising events to appeal to the Museum’s variety of visitors. The events included talks, demonstrations, tennis, golf, afternoon tea and bridge, a classic car day, branded goods and auctions. The names of those who have contributed to the Museum in a Million appeal have been recorded in a leather-bound Benefactors Book which will be treasured as a piece of the Museum’s history.

In their final year of fundraising, the Museum raised a staggering £1.3 million exceeding our target which is complete testimony to the generosity of our many supporters. This vital fund will now help pay for the day to day running costs of the Museum and to keep it at the forefront as a centre of excellence for another 125 years.

Julia Tanner, Museum Curator added: “We are absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award which is a fantastic achievement. We very much look forward to attending the awards ceremony in May and are keeping our fingers crossed for a win!”

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