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The museum has either won, been shortlisted or nominated for a range of different awards. See below for the list and click on the links to find out more information about each award.

European Museum of the Year Award 2012

2016

  • Highly commended: Fundraisers of the Year for Sponsor a Radical Hero campaign
    Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence 2016
    The Museums + Heritage Awards celebrate best practice within the world of museums, galleries and heritage visitor attractions, attracting hundreds of entries which compete to win one of several prestigious awards.

2015

  • Award: Quality Food & Drink Accolade for The Left Bank cafe bar
    VisitEngland Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme
    VisitEngland Accolades are awarded in recognition of the quality visitor experiences on offer.  Highlighting those elements that matter most to visitors, including the warm welcome on arrival, the presentation of the collections, the storytelling and the quality of the tea and cake, the accolades recognise those attractions going the extra mile to create an enjoyable and memorable visitor experience.
  • Winner: Museums + Heritage Awards 2015, Guardian Culture Pros Pick
    Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence 2015
    The annual Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence recognise projects of excellence, innovative and groundbreaking exhibitions from galleries and visitor attractions across the UK and Europe.  Guardian Culture Pros Pick is an award for the UK’s most inspiring museum or heritage visitor attraction of the year, voted for by the public.
  • Commendation: Exhibition Design, for A Land Fit For Heroes by Modern Designers
    The Drum Design Awards 2015
    The Drum Design Awards recognise great design being produced by agencies across the whole of the UK, giving the opportunity for great craft, design and execution to be rewarded.  The awards are open to all design consultancies, advertising agencies, digital agencies, creative agencies, media owners, in house teams, freelancers or clients who work within the design discipline.

2013

  • Shortlisted: Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
    Manchester Tourism Awards 2013
    The Manchester Tourism Awards celebrates tourism excellence across Greater Manchester.
  • Silver Award: Environmental Business Pledge
    Environmental Business Pledge
    Organised by Manchester City Council in partnership with Groundwork, the Environmental Business Pledge is a free advice and award scheme designed to help organisations in Manchester improve their environmental performance and generate cost savings.
  • Shortlisted: Best not-for-profit website or campaign for ‘Ideas worth scanning’ with Vivid
    Northern Marketing Awards 2013
    Organised by Prolific North.  Leading brands and organisations along with marketing, creative and digital agencies from across the north submit entries for 20 award categories.

2012

  • Shortlisted: Museums + Heritage Readers’ Award
    Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence 2012
    The Museums + Heritage Awards celebrate best practice within the world of museums, galleries and heritage visitor attractions, attracting hundreds of entries which compete to win one of 13 prestigious awards.
  • Special Commendation: European Museum of the Year 2012
    European Museum Forum
    Founded in 1977 under the auspices of the Council of Europe with the aim of recognising excellence in the European museum scene and encouraging innovative processes.  The museum was one of only four museums in Europe to receive the accolade, reserved for the most innovative and enterprising museums in Europe.
  • Bronze Award: Environmental Business Pledge
    Environmental Business Pledge
    Organised by Manchester City Council in partnership with Groundwork, the Environmental Business Pledge is a free advice and award scheme designed to help organisations in Manchester improve their environmental performance and generate cost savings.

2011

  • Award: People’s History Museum by Austin-Smith: Lord
    Civic Trust Awards 2011
    The Civic Trust Awards is an independent built environment awards scheme established in 1959 to recognise the very best in architecture, design, planning, landscape and public art.
  • Longlisted: Museum of the Year 2011
    Art Fund Prize 2011
    The Art Fund Prize 2011 rewards excellence and innovation in museums and galleries across the UK for a project completed or undertaken in 2010.  The museum was one of only ten museums across the country that was successful in reaching the longlist.
  • Highly commended: Best marketing campaign category for the re-branding of People’s History Museum
    Shortlisted: Best permanent exhibition category for the museum’s new galleries
    Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence 2011
    The Museums + Heritage Awards celebrate best practice within the world of museums, galleries and heritage visitor attractions, attracting hundreds of entries which compete to win one of ten prestigious awards.
  • Shortlisted: Design & Innovation category
    Shortlisted: Tourism & Leisure category
    The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards North West
    The prestigious property-based contest celebrates inspirational initiatives in the land, property and construction sectors and 44 shortlisted projects from all over the North West were hoping to win one of nine coveted RICS accolades.
  • Winner: Building structures medium category by Curtins Consulting for People’s History Museum
    ACE Engineering Excellence Award
    The Engineering Excellence Awards recognise the very best that consultancy and engineering has to offer.
  • Shortlisted: Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
    Manchester Tourism Awards 2011
    The Manchester Tourism Awards celebrates tourism excellence across Greater Manchester.

2010

  • Nominated: Best coffee shop or casual dining venue category for The Left Bank cafe bar
    Manchester Food & Drink Festival Awards 2010
    The Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards provide a benchmark for excellence in the hospitality industries throughout Greater Manchester.
  • Winner: Building of the Year Award
    The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
    The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce awards are given in recognition of key construction projects in Greater Manchester.
  • Winner: Best website, not for profit/charity sector category for www.phm.org.uk
    Drum Awards for the Digital Industries (DADIs)
    The DADIs (The Drum Awards for the Digital Industries) recognise and reward digital excellence.  These awards are open to any business, including agencies and clients, who are producing effective digital strategies.