27/06/2012 - Eastwood's D.H. Lawrence Heritage Centre and D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum is in the running for a national tourism award, after being named Nottinghamshire's Best Visitor Attraction' at Experience Nottinghamshire's STARS awards.
D.H. Lawrence Heritage, which is based across the two highly acclaimed sites, received the accolade at a prestigious black tie event last week. The STARS awards celebrate the best of Nottinghamshire's tourism, hospitality, leisure and culture. As winners of Best Visitor Attraction, D.H. Lawrence Heritage will now be put forward for the national Visit England Awards for Excellence in 2013.
Cabinet member for Arts, Culture and Leisure, Councillor Richard Robinson said: "Broxtowe Borough Council is delighted that D.H. Lawrence Heritage has been named Nottinghamshire's Best Visitor Attraction, which is a real credit to the experience the attraction offers and the hard work of the D.H. Lawrence Heritage team.
"The Council's successful partnership with the University of Nottingham has seen a number of changes over the past year and we are delighted for the D.H. Lawrence Heritage Centre and Birthplace Museum to be recognised in this way."
The STARS judging panel accessed the attraction across a comprehensive set of criteria, including quality of improvements, staff training, marketing and promotions, accessibility and customer care. The attraction was praised for its personal touch and dedication to customer excellence, adapting tours to visitor's needs and interests, working with local schools to arrange bespoke educational visits and developing new experiences for those with special needs.
D.H. Lawrence Heritage is based around two highly-acclaimed sites, the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum and the D.H. Lawrence Heritage Centre nearby.
Visitors to the attraction can enjoy guided museum tours exploring the childhood of the writer D.H. Lawrence, following his story room by room in the Victorian miner's cottage he grew up in. While at the D.H. Lawrence Heritage Centre nearby the permanent exhibition explores daily life for the Lawrence's as aspects of this work including his most famous novel Lady Chatterley's Lover.
The attraction brings together a museum, heritage centre, gift shop, art gallery, meeting room facility, civil wedding venue and The Colliery Bistro. Visitors can also enjoy the Blue Line Trail, a three-mile, self guided walk around the writer D.H. Lawrence's hometown of Eastwood.
D.H. Lawrence Heritage also offers a comprehensive, annual events programme, including the popular, annual D.H. Lawrence Festival which takes place in and around the writer's hometown each September. The event has just been shortlisted in the Best Event category at the up coming Nottinghamshire Heritage Awards.
D.H. Lawrence Heritage is open Tuesday to Sunday (closed Monday) from 10.00am until 5.00pm. The Museum opens at 11.00am with timed tours throughout the day. The Colliery Bistro, at the D.H. Lawrence Heritage Centre, is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00am. Admission charges apply with D.H. Lawrence annual membership available for just £10.00 adults and £7.50 Concessions.
For more information or to request a 2012 D.H. Lawrence Heritage Events brochure please contact the D.H. Lawrence Heritage Centre on the information provided on the right.