The Mid-Suffolk Light Railway is delighted to announce it was named Suffolk’s best museum at an awards ceremony in Ipswich last night (October 27).
The Association for Suffolk Museums competition is now in its third year and celebrates the successes of its more than 30 officially accredited members across the county.
And at the finale event at University Campus Suffolk it was revealed the MSLR had been named Museum of the Year for 2014.
The award was collected by Edmund Crosthwaite, MSLR trustee and Operating Superintendent, John Stark, MSLR vice-chairman, John Reeve, the museum’s marketing manager, event’s manager Justyn Keeble and locomotive manager John Durrant.
A public vote running from the beginning of June until the end of August decided the shortlist of eight museums which were then visited by a three-person judging panel from the East Anglian Daily Times newspaper, which featured articles on all the museums competing during the voting period, UCS and the AfSM.
The ceremony was hosted by BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Lesley Dolphin who also spoke to a representative from the museums which entered while voting was open.
Speaking to the EADT after the result was announced Mr Reeve 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.”
This year was the first time the MSLR has made the shortlist. It’s previous most recent award was the Heritage Railway Association’s Interpretation Award in 2012.