Community Impact Award - Colchester and Ipswich Museums (CIMS) won this category for their Museum From Home activity packs for children, launched during the pandemic. The judges said: “With long-standing, personal relationships and an approach which ensured access to digital wasn’t a barrier, the winner’s quick-thinking made a real difference to hard-to-reach communities”.
Covid special recognition award – Colchester Museums Manager Pippa Pickles was in a national shortlist of six from hundreds of nominations for this award. It recognises Pippa’s contribution to the pandemic by not only opening Colchester Castle safely following the first lockdown, but for all her hard work in leading Colchester Council’s team in supporting the NHS vaccination programme. July 2021
Colchester was proud to be the first Park Active scheme in the UK, which supports the environment and encourages active travel to build healthier communities. The scheme allows people to leave their car at a Park Active location and then walk or cycle for the rest of their journey. In Colchester, motorists pay a discounted parking rate for doing so. April 2021