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Guildhall shortlisted for National Prize
18 August 2015
The National Trust has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award at the 2015 Biffa Awards. A ceremony which recognises the people who build communities and transform lives through Biffa Award funded projects.


The Trust will now compete against two other organisations from across the country for the chance to be named winner of the ‘Cultural Facilities’ category, and receive a £1,500 prize!
The National Trust applied to Biffa Award to help create a new exhibition which would redefine the narrative of the museum. ‘Our Village Through Time’ brings the colourful 500 year history of the village and the hall to life. The exhibition told through the voices and experiences of real-life characters helps to create a sense of people and place, telling the story of Lavenham through time.

Since the exhibition opened volunteer numbers have almost doubled, the highly passionate team delight in sharing the stories of the Guildhall with visitors. The Biffa Award grant has enabled the local community and the historic residents of Lavenham the opportunity to find their voice, and the newly created community exhibition space offers residents a platform for volunteer-led exhibitions.

The Biffa Awards 2015 will be held on October 1 at the Coventry Transport Museum. All the finalists will be invited to attend a day of celebrating the passion and commitment of those who dedicate their lives to building communities and transforming lives; benefiting those around them, as well as the environment.


Competition has been fierce from the start, with more than 240 projects eligible to enter the awards under five different categories: Community Buildings, Cultural Facilities, Rebuilding Biodiversity, Recreation and Small Grants.

Category winners at the Awards will receive a trophy and prize money of £1,500, which can be used to further develop their project.  Each winner then has the chance of being crowned the Overall Winner for 2015, receiving a further £1,000 prize.


Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
 “The Biffa Awards have been held for over 10 years and each year they create a fantastic opportunity for us to celebrate and recognise the dedicated people who are delivering some of the excellent projects we have funded. A great deal of the projects we support have a huge and lasting impact on their local community and environment, so to be shortlisted for an award is a wonderful achievement in itself.  Our judges have a difficult but exciting task ahead in choosing the winners.”