Major award for surf museum

Award bagged after just three months in its new home.

JUST THREE months after opening its doors in North Devon, the Museum of British Surfing has won a major national award.

Based in Braunton, the museum scooped the prize for the best collection in the UK put together on a small budget.

The award was won as part of the inaugural Collections Management Awards run by independent charity the Collections Trust.

Andrew Coleman, a trustee of the museum who collected the award, said: “I was stoked to receive this award on behalf of the museum from the Collections Trust at their annual conference.”

“It recognises the work we’ve done to make sure that the Museum of British Surfing not only fulfils its cultural and educational roles but also makes a positive contribution to the environment and local community.

“The museum is at the heart of a World Biosphere Reserve and the North Devon Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and surfing depends and thrives on a healthy environment.”

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Nick Poole, chief executive of the Collections Trust said: “We are delighted that the Museum of British Surfing has been awarded the ‘Collections on a Budget’ Award.

“Our judges were impressed by the museum’s socially and environmentally responsible approach to collections, and their engagement with the local community.

“This award really demonstrates how, even on a limited budget, a museum can think creatively about their impact locally and globally.”

Since opening on Good Friday, the museum in Caen Street car park has had more than 3,000 visitors.

“The Collections Trust award confirms we are on the right track and it encourages us in our aim of being a beacon of good practice for other museums and businesses,” said founder Peter Robinson.

“It is a great honour for us as a new museum & we’re really proud and delighted to have won.”

The museum received a glass trophy and �500 at the awards ceremony on Tuesday.

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