The new Museum of British Surfing in Braunton, North Devon has been nominated for a prestigious national award just weeks after it opened for the first time.
It has been nominated in the Collections Management Awards by the Collections Trust, an independent charity that has been helping museums get the best out of their collections for more than 30 years.
The category the surfing museum is entered in is ‘Collections on a budget’ – celebrating projects that demonstrate improvements in collections management by organisations with a turnover of less than half a million Euros.
The nomination outlined our unique sustainability and social policy written by one of our board of trustees, Andrew Coleman, who says; “Our aim is for the Museum of British Surfing to be the most sustainable surf museum in the world and one of the most sustainable small museums in the UK – both economically and environmentally, bearing in mind our location in a World Biosphere, the crucial role of the environment in the experience of surfing, the threats from pollution and climate change and a desire to improve the social wellbeing and economy of Braunton and rural North Devon.”
The Museum of British Surfing opened for the first time on April 6th 2012 and has seen 3,000 visitors pass through its doors so far. Founder Peter Robinson describes the nomination as a “great honour” and said he’s delighted on behalf of everyone who has supported us.
The awards ceremony takes place at the Kia Oval in London on June 26th as part of the two-day Open Culture event organised by the Collections Trust. If successful we’ll win £500 and pick up our first ‘gong’!