Award Ceremonies

The perfect place to present!

Venue Hire

The museum is particularly well suited to awards events that comprise a presentation to a seated audience and then a drinks or buffet reception for the guests. Our two floors can be used to advantage for these events and we also provide the audio-visual equipment that you need. Either cabaret style or theatre style layout can be provided.

Cabaret style layout

We have hosted a number of awards events and the museum lends itself to this type of occasion. The first floor is ideal for presentations in front of a seated audience. The ground floor is ideal for the social and networking part of the evening that is usually included in the programme. The museum is ideal for events attended by 75-125 guests, but we can host up to 150 guests, theatre style, and up to 120, dinner style.

We offer a choice of cabaret style layout (maximum 80 people) where guests are seated at round tables and a space is left towards the front so that nobody sits with their back to the speaker, or 120 dinner style, where guests are seated all round the tables and chairs have to be turned to face the front. With theatre style layout, where guests are seated in rows without tables, the maximum is 130 seated in a "landsacpe" layout (more intimate) or 150 seated in a "portrait" style layout (more distance from the back to the speaker)

We are well equipped with in-house audio-visual equipment including projector, public address, wireless roving and lapel microphones, DVD player and more. Less common things can be hired for you. Audio-visual equipment and furniture supplied by us will be set up by us at the start of the evening. We also offer a lectern, speakers' table, and other furniture as required.

theatre style layoutThe usual format of an awards event is for the formal presentation of awards, speaches, etc. to be followed by a reception with drinks and either canapes or a buffet supper. This promotes networking amongst the guests and there is nowhere better than a museum to hold networking events, because a museum generates so many opportunities to start conversations. If desired, guests can be served with refreshments, typically tea/coffee, on arrival, before the main event.

For this type of event we generally undertake all the setting-up and putting-away work for both furniture and audio-visual equipment supplied by us, so the only thing the event organisers need to bring is a laptop, and any displays or pop-up stands you may wish to use.

If required we can provide bar staff to serve wine that you have purchased yourself, and we offer wine glass hire. We don't offer staff to serve or handle food; a caterer should be used for food unless you wish to do that yourself. Coat rails are provided free of charge. an attendant can be provided at extra cost if desired, although this is not normally considered necessary.

Simple decorative lighting is provided free of charge. Some additional lighting using up-lighters is available at extra cost.

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Key Facts

Typical Timetable

A typical awards event looks like this, but there are many variations

Approximate time Activity
1000 onwards Deliveries - if storage facility booked
1630 Museum closed to public. Set-up starts
1800 Guests arrive. Check in and coat storage. Coffee/tea on ground floor, if required
1850 Guests go upstairs to be seated for event
1900 Awards ceremony, speaches, presentations etc.
2030 Guests descend again. Wine reception and/or buffet or canapes
2230 Carriages, please! Guests may call cabs from the museum or use the excellent public transport that is available in this area.
After If required - overnight storage

Stations and walking time

Networking social event

Through trains to stations near the museum run from many places including Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Sheffield, Nottingham, Brighton, Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, Dover, Glasgow & Edinburgh (sleeper service available), Paris and Bruxelles.