Victorian oak pedestal desks , antique dining tables and other furniture made by Gillows of Lancaster can be seen in the Judges Lodgings museum, one of many potential venues which could be nominated in the 2013 Museums and Heritage Awards.
The M and H Awards is a prestigious occasion in which the UK’s top galleries, museums and heritage attractions battle it out in front of a team of expert judges drawn from a range of sectors in the industry. The entrants are judged for best practice in a number of key areas, with the winners being those who most show “true excellence”.
There will also be an award for the most inspiring museum or heritage attraction of 2012, as nominated by the Guardian Cultural Professionals Network. The final selection will be by public vote, from a shortlist of five nominees. All the awards will be handed out at the Museums and Heritage Show, May 2013.
Run by the Guardian newspaper, the Cultural Professionals Network (CPN) unites professionals from over 30 disciplines, including art and museums. While furniture specialists may be among them, their interest in antique dining tables is one of preservation and display, rather than financial gain.
Of course, whether a Victorian balloon backed dining chair is in a Cumbrian museum or a Preston antiques shop, it is still an important slice of history. Each time an antique dealer in Preston sells an antique bookcase or Victorian balloon back dining chair , he is helping to preserve the county’s cultural heritage.
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