Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 22°C

min temp: 14°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Gallery: Mid-Suffolk Light Railway crowned as Suffolk’s top museum in prize-giving ceremony at University Campus Suffolk

21:08 27 October 2014

Suffolk Museum of the Year Awards.

Suffolk Museum of the Year Awards.

The Mid-Suffolk Light Railway was named as the best museum in Suffolk tonight at a University Campus Suffolk-hosted prize-giving ceremony.

The Suffolk Museum of the Year Awards came to a climax this evening as the Wetheringsett-based attraction scooped the top gong after months of voting and judging.

The MSLR beat off competition from seven other shortlisted museums to claim the title in the awards’ third year.

Meanwhile The Suffolk Regiment Museum in Bury St Edmunds was announced as winner of the Special Award for Individuality, Innovation and Service while Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury was presented with the Award for Community and Education Engagement.

The prize for Object of the Year was chosen by a public vote on the Association of Suffolk Museums website. Every museum which entered the competition was able to put forward an object from their collection they felt had an interesting history or story, or was unique to their organisation.

This was given to Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich for its oil painting The Felixstowe to Ipswich Coach by Russell Sidney Reeve.

The other museums on the shortlist were:

n Beccles and District Museum;

n Halesworth Museum;

n Lowestoft Maritime Museum;

n And the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum, Flixton.

John Reeve, marketing manager for the railway, said: “It’s amazing to win this award, and a testament to the hard work of our volunteers.

“Being named Suffolk Museum of the Year will help to raise our profile further and let more people know we are out here offering a unique experience in the county.

“The one thing we hope it will be able to do is assist us in the future with further developments at the museum.”

The public was able to vote on the competition’s long list from June until the end of August using voting slips available at each competing museum and published in the East Anglian Daily Times.

The top eight museums were then visited by a panel of judges from the paper, the Association of Suffolk Museums and BBC Radio Suffolk.

2 comments

  • I almost forgot the place existed - makes you wonder about the other Museums in the county...

    Report this comment

    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

  • Congratulations to all at "The Middy ", a well deserved award to the finest little railway in the country and not just Suffolk. Well done, I am proud to be a part of your volunteer staff. Keep up the good work.

    Report this comment

    Al Gurgleman

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Team manager Alf Ramsey and trainer Harold Sheperdson (standing) watch England's victory over Germany in the 1966 World Cup

On the 50th anniversary of his greatest triumph, we are today celebrating Sir Alf Ramsey, the man who inspired both Ipswich Town and England to extraordinary levels of success and glory.

Police have been called to a collision between a Ford Focus and a Ford Fiesta near to the Suffolk Ski Centre.

Sir Stanley Rous

Sir Alf Ramsey wasn’t the only Suffolk knight to have a key role in the World Cup Final of 1966.

Motorcyclist banned

A handyman has lost his driving licence after police saw him speeding on his motorbike while over the drug-drive limit.

Millions of pounds are lost each year in our region due to people wasting medicines. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Suffolk health chiefs are urging people to buy their own treatments after they spent £3.4 million on “wasted medicines” in the past year.

Old Alderman Blaxill School, currently the Stanway Federation Learning Centre.

A new superschool could be built on the site of a former secondary school in Colchester – potentially also including homes for teachers.

GV - Ipswich Crown Court

An Essex woman who took advantage of her estranged husband being in hospital to steal his cheque book and plunder more than £18,000 from his bank account has been jailed.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24