Friday, March 11, 2022

Wakefield Museums & Castles shortlisted for 'museums Oscar!'

We are thrilled and proud to have been shortlisted for the Museums + Heritage Sustainable Project of the Year Award 2022, for our project, A World of Good.

Known as the ‘Oscars of the museums world’, the Museums + Heritage Awards celebrate the very best in the world of museums, galleries, cultural and heritage visitor attractions. Hundreds of entrants from around the world will battle it out to win one of seventeen prestigious awards. The Sustainable Project of the Year award is sponsored by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and celebrates outstanding environmentally sustainable projects or exhibitions, which can demonstrate best practice in approaches to managing environmental impacts.

Wakefield Museums & Castles have been shortlisted for A World of Good, a project designed to inspire positive action on the climate crisis. At the centre of the project is the immersive, multi-sensory A World of Good exhibition at Wakefield Museum, which uses sculpture, animation and sound to bring the work of 19th-century environmentalist Charles Waterton to life. It asks visitors to sign up to an environmental manifesto and make a pledge to take real and meaningful action on the climate crisis.

Our Do A World of Good pledges are simple and practical ways you can make a difference.

Alongside the exhibition, we have produced educational resources for schools and communities, a social media campaign, and events and workshops designed to inspire and motivate you to make a change. Our team have also written an action plan to reduce the carbon footprint of our museums and castles.

“It is great to see the Museums & Castles team being acknowledged for this project, which addresses one of the most urgent contemporary issues we face. Museums play a vital role in engaging and educating people about the world around us and A World of Good is a perfect example of that.”

Councillor Michael Graham, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure & Sport for Wakefield Council


The winner of the Museums + Heritage Awards will be announced at the Museums + Heritage Show on 11 May 2022.

You can visit the A World of Good exhibition at Wakefield Museum until July 2022, or find out more about the project on our A World of Good pages on this blog.

Follow @WFMuseums #AWorldOfGood and #DoAWorldOfGood on Twitter for more content and join in the conversation on the hashtags - we'd love to hear how you are Doing A World of Good in your home, garden, work or lifestyle. 

Find out more about the awards and all the amazing shortlisted projects on the Museums + Heritage Awards website.

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