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You’re More than Welcome at this Award-Winning Museum

08 Nov 2023

Bosses at Charitable Trust Inspiring Healthy Lifestyle were celebrating last month following yet another accolade for the museum they manage on behalf of Cannock Chase District Council.

Hot on the heels of their Sandford Award - which recognised the museum’s exemplary dedication, time and expertise to Heritage Learning - the Museum of Cannock Chase now boasts a new Welcome badge from VisitEngland.

Inspectors visited the museum last year as part of a mystery customer experience. Their glowing report means that the Museum of Cannock Chase is one of 91 attractions across the UK to receive a Visitor Attraction Accolade for 2022-2023.

These accolades recognise the high-quality visitor experiences on offer across England and are awarded in five categories, including ‘Hidden Gem,’ ‘Best Told Story,’ ‘Quality Food and Drink,’ ‘Welcome,’ as well as ‘Gold’ for all-round top-scoring attractions.

Lee Bellingham, Museum Service Manager for Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles - who manages the site on behalf of Cannock Chase District Council, said: “We’ve had an incredible, award-winning year at the Museum. And that’s thanks to the passion of our staff, volunteers and friends who work together to make the Museum the success story it truly is. Our award from VisitEngland recognises the warm and professional service we provide, and we can’t wait to put the rosette award on display.”

Earlier this year the museum was awarded £87,000 award from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, which will see Cannock Chase’s history available as a digital online catalogue.

VisitEngland Director Andrew Stokes said: “These accolades are a testament to the outstanding experiences and customer service that attractions in England give visitors. They also recognise different aspects of the visitor experience with attractions who really go the extra mile, whether it’s offering exceptional food and drink or magical storytelling. The attractions honoured today go out of their way to make visits memorable, creating reasons for people to travel to new locations, also boosting local economies across England.”


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