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Britain’s Best Hidden Gem – it’s official!
The Judge’s Lodging in Presteigne has won the award for Best Hidden Gem in the UK’s Hudson’s Heritage Awards 2014.
The winners of the 2014 Hudson’s Heritage Awards were revealed at a lunch reception at Goldsmiths Hall in London, where television celebrity and champion of Britain’s heritage, Loyd Grossman, spoke about the winners and handed the awards out. He spoke of the quirky ideas and innovative activities that often take place at The Judge’s Lodging, from napkin folding and jelly tasting to strange theatrical events, and the engaging audiotour, which helps visitors experience the atmosphere of the unusual lives of the people in this Victorian courthouse.
What most impressed the judges is that this small charitable enterprise is independently attracting visitors into the area and the town, boosting the local economy and bringing its past back to life. One of the judges personally congratulated our curator Gaby Rivers after the ceremony, saying that we are one of their favourite places in Britain.
The Husdon’s Heritage Awards were established in 2011, are an independently judged annual national awards scheme open to historic houses, gardens, museums and heritage sites, celebrating the best heritage experiences in the UK. This is not the first time that we have been on their radar, for in the inaugural 2011 awards, the museum was the highly commended second place within the Education & Family category.
Although The Judge’s Lodging stands out grandly in the town of Presteigne, it was by far the smallest recipient at a ceremony, which saw other categories being won by the likes of Blenheim Palace, Leeds Castle, Chatsworth and Hatfield House.
Staff at the museum are so proud of their building and what it has achieved so far this year, especially as this award followed so soon after HRH Prince of Wales’ visit at the end of January, where he wrote a letter of thanks calling the museum a ‘truly inspirational place’. Not bad for a small museum in a tiny border town!
If you want to find out more about the Hudson’s Heritage Awards 2014 and the winners click here
The citation for The Judge’s Lodging is here