Tramway on right tracks to success

Crich Tramway Village

Crich Tramway Village

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A POPULAR tourist attraction in Crich is celebrating after landing two accolades at the prestigious Derbyshire Heritage Awards.

Crich Tramway Village, which is home to the National Tramway Museum, was named winner in two categories at the awards last week at the Silk Mill in Derby.

Crich Tramway awards

Crich Tramway awards

It triumphed in ‘Best Exhibition’ and ‘Working with Children and Young People’.

The first award was for the new Stephenson Discovery Centre exhibition, while the second was for the centre’s Learning Department for its work on the Renaissance East Midlands-funded ‘MuBu’ project ‘Hear All About It’.

MuBu aims to connect museums and audiences through digital projects.

Glynn Wilton, a curator at the tramway museum, said: “We are delighted to have won, particularly with such strong competition from museums across Derbyshire.

Crich Tramway Village

Crich Tramway Village

“The award helps to justify all the hard work put in by our staff and volunteers.

“We are pleased the judges recognised that the exhibition was enjoyable and informative for all ages.”

Jan Barratt, learning manager at the tramway museum said: “We were absolutely over the moon to have won this award.

“The students gave up their free time to work with us with such amazing enthusiasm throughout the week.

“Lynda Kempton helped with the imaginative script which Mark Ellis from Sound Delivery turned into a brilliant guide for the Museum.”

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A spokesman for the tramway village added: “The entries were very high quality and showed a wide range of innovative and interesting ideas.

“The museum is delighted to have won against such stiff opposition.

“We would like to congratulate all our colleagues in other museums, award winners or not, for the excellent projects entered in the scheme.”

The awards, which are in their fifth year, are held annually to celebrate excellence in Derbyshire museums, historic houses and heritage sites.

This year’s judges were Joy Hales, editor of Derbyshire Life and Countryside Magazine, and Mark Suggitt, director of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

The awards were presented by Pauline Beswick, of the Peak District National Park Authority.

Cllr Jean Wharmby, of Derbyshire County Council said: “We can help make the sense of community thrive, and in our museums, we are doing this. Having a sense of history, where we have been and how we have got to where we are, engenders the pride that helps us strive, giving a sense of belonging.”