National honour for Alford Manor

Alford Manor House received a highly commended award for their  WW1 Events from Hudson's Heritage Awards.
Alford Manor House received a highly commended award for their WW1 Events from Hudson's Heritage Awards.

Alford Manor House was among prestigious company when it was recognised at a glittering awards ceremony in London recently.

The 17th century property appeared alongside the likes of The Tower of London as a recipient of an honour at this year’s Hudson’s Heritage Awards.

The awards aim to, in the words of organisers, ‘celebrate the high quality of experiences enjoyed by visitors to a wide range of heritage attractions’.

Alford Manor House was ‘highly commended’ in the Best World War One Event category for its ‘Alford Remembers 1914-1918’ project - a programme designed to mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, illustrating the impact of the conflict on the rural community around the property.

A spokesman for the awards said: “Using changing exhibitions, imaginative events and good interpretation of the building, a dedicated team of volunteers did a great job of bringing the story to life on a tiny budget.”

Dan Snow, historian and broadcaster, presented the awards at Goldsmiths Hall in London with about 100 guests including owners and managers of the winning entries and representatives of the heritage tourism industry. Janett Thornalley, project co-ordinator for the event at Alford Manor House, said: “We’re delighted to have won a Hudson’s Heritage Award. Winning one of these awards demonstrates the high standards and commitment we offer visitors to ensure their experience is the very best.

“Receiving this award is acknowledgment and recognition that Alford Manor House is among the elite heritage attractions in the UK.”

The winner in the Best World War One Event was the Yorkshire Country Houses Partnership for a series of exhibitions and events over two years involving nine historic houses in Yorkshire in partnership with the University of York.

Other honoured sites on the night included The Tower of London, which received the Special Award for Outstanding Achievement for ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ - the art installation of 888,246 British-made ceramic poppies.

Lincolnshire’s Burghley House, in Stamford, was ‘highly commended’ in the Best New Discovery category, while Doddington Hall, in Doddington, won the Best Shopping and Best Innovation categories.