The Collections Trust Award recognises the often-unsung achievements of those who manage the collections that lie at the heart of all museums. This year, for the first time, that well-deserved recognition comes with a cash award of £2,000 for the winning museum.

The theme of the 2017 Collections Trust Award is the same as our conference: pulling together. We want to celebrate projects that show what can be achieved when everyone in a museum - from the governing body to all levels of staff and/or volunteers - works as one to tackle a collections management challenge.

The winning museum will receive £2,000 to spend on an agreed collection management activity. A representative from the winning museum will also receive a free place at our 2017 conference in York on 21 September and be invited to present their project at the event.

Entering is simple. Use this online form to describe a collections management project or activity that was either completed in the last twelve months or is happening now with demonstrable progress you can point to. Anyone involved in your project or activity – whether on the governing body, staff or volunteer – can enter on behalf of your museum

We need at least one photo that illustrates your project, and your permission to reproduce it along with the text submitted.

Terms and conditions

Entry is open to all Accredited UK museums and galleries. Entries must be submitted via this form no later than Monday 4 September 2017. Submissions will be judged by a panel from Collections Trust's board, and the judges' decision is final. The winner will be notified by email during the week beginning 11 September 2017. Entries must be accompanied by an image that Collections Trust may use non-commercially and with due acknowledgement. The prize money must be used for a collections management activity agreed in advance with Collections Trust. Collections Trust reserves the right not to make an award.

* 1. Name of your museum

* 2. I confirm that this is an Accredited UK museum

* 3. Postcode of your museum

* 4. Your name

* 5. Your role at the museum

* 6. Your contact email address

* 7. Your contact phone number

* 8. Title of your collections management project or activity

* 9. Aim(s) of your project or activity (200 words maximum)

* 10. Summary of your project or activity (500 words maximum)

* 11. How did/does your project or activity involve people across your museum pulling together to achieve its aims? (500 words maximum)

* 12. What lessons have your learned from your project or activity? (200 words maximum)

* 13. Upload an image that Collections Trust can use to illustrate your project or activity

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* 14. Text we should use to credit your image

* 15. I confirm that Collections Trust may use the image uploaded with this entry non-commercially and acknowledged with the credit line submitted.

* 16. I have read and accept the terms and conditions of the 2017 Collections Trust Award