Museum Service and North Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce Shortlisted For Award

A key partnership that helped to save the Staffordshire Hoard for the region has been shortlisted for a national award.

The partnership between Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s museum service and the North Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce have been shortlisted for the Jaguar Land Rover Awards for Arts & Business 2010; both for the Museums, Libraries & Archives Award and for the Community Award. The shortlisting recognises their work in helping to raise over £3m to keep the Hoard in the region and getting over 55,000 visitors to the exhibition over a 22 day period.

Entrants had to give an overview of their project, explain what they set out to achieve and the benefits each party received.

“A lot of hard work has been put in to keep the Staffordshire Hoard in the city and thanks must go to all everyone involved for their tireless efforts. It’s this excellent work which has been recognised in getting the partnership short listed and hopefully we can go a step further and bring another piece of gold back to Stoke-on-Trent.”
“As the Chamber of Commerce, we were very pleased to be in a position to promote the Staffordshire Hoard and the city’s campaign to keep it in North Staffordshire. I’d like to thank the support given by our business members; it was phenomenal.”

The partnership is one of four to be nominated for the awards. The others are Joules Ltd & Arts Fresco Ltd, PropInvest Asset Management LLP & Wolverhampton Arts & Heritage, British Sugar UK & Ireland & Snibston (Leicestershire County Council) and Capgemini & Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust.

A panel of judges will now decide on an overall winner who will be announced on Thursday 7 October 2010 at a ceremony at the Town Hall, Birmingham. For further information visit http://www.artsandbusiness.org.uk/News/2010/september/mid-jaguar-land-rover-awards-shortlist.aspx

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