ACE Best Product Awards 2018 Winners | The Association for Cultural Enterprises

ACE Best Product Awards 2018 Winners

The ACE Best Product Awards 2018 winners were announced at the annual ACE Conference Gala Dinner in Brighton on 1 March. Congratulations to all our winners and finalists, and thank you to everyone who entered - showcasing the very best in creativity and innovation in the cultural retail sector.

As usual each category was divided into organisations with an annual turnover of under £1 million, and over £1 million, and the Best Overall Winner was judged and voted by ACE2018 Conference delegates on the day. We also celebrated three brand new categories this year - Best Shop and Best Café, selected from our Shop of the Month and Café of the Month winners, and Best ACE Supplier as voted by ACE members. 

Scroll down to see all the winners, and check out our official photo gallery to see pictures of the awards ceremony.

BEST OVERALL WINNER
and Best Product (under £1m) 

National Museum of the Royal Navy - Ernie the Knitted Sailor, a replica of an artefact at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, made by Ernest ‘Gus’ Britton who served as a submariner in the 1960s. 

Best Product (over £1m)

Imperial War Museums - IWM Spitfire Pilot Watch, a replica of a watch worn by World War II pilots based at RAF Duxford (now IWM Duxford).


Best Range (under £1m)

The Hepworth Wakefield - Howard Hodgkin: Painting India, featuring a selection of Hodgkin’s paintings on ceramics, textiles and print including a limited edition rug and this beautiful scarf.

Best Range (over £1m)

Fitzwilliam Museum - Alan Turing’s Zeta Function Machine, a range derived from a 1939 schematic, digitally restored and enhanced to create an intriguing work of art.

Best Children's Product or Publication (under £1m)

National Army Museum - Monty the Dog, a soft toy inspired by the museum collections, which hold many photographs, medals and stories about dogs and their role in the British Army.  

Best Children's Product or Publication (over £1m)

National Theatre - Play in a Box, inspiring young people to create, direct and act in their own play, including ideas for characters, settings, plot, staging, costume, make-up, props, sound and lighting.

Best Licensed Product (under £1m)

William Morris Gallery - William Morris E Coffee Cup, inspired by William Morris's own work as a campaigner for the protection of our historic and natural environments. 

Best Licensed Product (over £1m)

Imperial War Museums - IWM Construction Sets, featuring iconic vehicles from major conflicts including the Hawker Hurricane, Lancaster Bomber, Sherman Tank, HMS Belfast and Willys MB Jeep.

Best General Publication (under £1m)

Sir John Soane's Museum - Sir John Soane’s Greatest Treasure: The Sarcophagus of Seti I, the first book ever written about one of the most important Egyptian antiquities in the world.

Best General Publication (over £1m)

National Trust - The National Trust Book of Scones: Delicious Recipes and Odd Crumbs of History by Sarah Clelland, a collection of fifty entries from the author's blog about National Trust properties and their scones! Includes 50 sweet and savoury scone recipes.

Best Guidebook (under £1m)

The Charterhouse - The Charterhouse: The Guidebook, which uses a simple colour coded timeline to highlight  key events, along with sumptuous photographs and quotes, offering an accessible and engaging insight into The Charterhouse's complex history.

Best Guidebook (over £1m)

The Postal Museum - The Postal Museum Guidebook which gives a chronological overview of the museum's key artefacts and stories along with further insight such as the ingenuity of the inventors of Mail Rail and the design evolution of the post box.

Best Exhibition Catalogue (under £1m)

The Hepworth Wakefield - Disobedient Bodies: JW Anderson Curates The Hepworth Wakefield, featuring images from the exhibition, as well as uniquely new combinations, creating another opportunity to persuade 'disobedient bodies' into new encounters.

Best Exhibition Catalogue (over £1m)

British Library - Harry Potter: A History of Magic published by Bloomsbury in association with the British Library. Structured around the Hogwarts curriculum, this book features photography of the Library’s collection items plus original sketches and drafts from JK Rowling and Jim Kay. 

Best Shop

BALTIC Shop, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
At this fun and colourful shop the judges loved the witty product, great visual merchandising and intelligently bought ranges, demonstrating strong customer awareness.


Best Café

Edinburgh Castle Tearooms
This luxury afternoon tea experience offers top class food in a beautifully dressed space with good service and price points that demonstrate understanding of the audience and the local competition. 

Best ACE Supplier

Just Trade
ACE members love Just Trade for their:
  • Amazing Fair Trade credentials and genuine connection with the artisans that make the products
  • Low minimum order quantities and realistic cost pricing
  • Creativity, always coming up with beautiful design ideas
  • Helpful and friendly team, who are great at communicating with buyers, understanding brands and always willing to go the extra mile.