Best Product Awards 2019 | The Association for Cultural Enterprises

Best Product Awards 2019

BEST OVERALL PRODUCT
As voted for by ACE2019 Conference delegates

The Hepworth Wakefield: Lee Miller and Surrealism in Britain Exhibition Range
AJ Promotions, Beckford Silk, Cornflower, Countryside Art, Customworks, King & McGaw, Melody Rose, Spun Candy
Our judges loved these thoughtful and ethically conscious designs (pictured right), creating a quirky and fun range to appeal to the younger audience. Our Conference delegates agreed and voted this stylish and eye-catching range winner of Best Overall Product at the 2019 Awards.

Congratulations to all our winners and finalists - read on to see which products, ranges and publications were successful.

Best Product Awards 2019 Winners

BEST PRODUCT
Organisations with annual turnover under £1m
Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority 
Yorkshire Dales Cycle Jersey
Bespoke Sports Kit
"A thoughtfully designed product offering a sense of ownership of a large area of beauty." 
BEST PRODUCT
Organisations with annual turnover over £1m
Royal Air Force Museum 
RAF 100th Anniversary T-shirt
Labusch Skywear
"Visually appealing with a 3D innovative design which depicts all the RAF attributes clearly and thoughtfully. Top marks!" 
BEST RANGE
Organisations with annual turnover under £1m
The Hepworth Wakefield
Lee Miller and Surrealism in Britain Exhibition Range
AJ Promotions, Beckford Silk, Cornflower, Countryside Art, Customworks, King & McGaw, Melody Rose, Spun Candy
"Thoughtful and ethically conscious designs to create a quirky and fun range to appeal to the younger audience."
BEST RANGE
Organisations with annual turnover over £1m
Bodleian Libraries 
Tolkien: Maker of Middle Earth Exhibition Range
Undercover, Stockwell Ceramics, Just Trade, Evens Litchfield, Custom Works, Cornflower, King & McGaw, Impact China 
"A delightful range with fantastic sales over three months and an unbelievable contribution to revenue."
BEST LICENSED PRODUCT
Organisations with annual turnover under £1m
Sir John Soane's Museum
Soane Museum Scarves
PJ Studio Accessories
"Strong imagery and vibrant design, nicely inspired by the Museum’s architectural features and collection."
BEST LICENSED PRODUCT
Organisations with annual turnover over £1m
London Transport Museum
London Underground Lightbox
Gingersnap
"A versatile and iconic gift for both the adult and child audience by thoughtfully creating interchangeable station signs."
BEST CHILDREN'S PRODUCT
Organisations with annual turnover under £1m
Portsmouth Museums
Gustav the D-Day Pigeon
Ravensden
"Fabulous product to educate and engage a younger audience. A very charming pigeon!"
BEST CHILDREN'S PRODUCT
Organisations with annual turnover over £1m
Royal Air Force Museum
RAF 100th Anniversary Pilot Bear
Brazier & Co
"Fantastic quality and strong messaging, a perfect way to celebrate the centenary with children."
BEST CHILDREN'S PUBLICATION
Organisations with annual turnover under £1m
National Museum of the Royal Navy
Join the Crew Activity Book
Scala Arts & Heritage
"Fun packed activity book with great illustrations encouraging creativity."
BEST CHILDREN'S PUBLICATION
Organisations with annual turnover over £1m
City of London Corporation
The Tower Bridge Cat
Baizdon
"Visually appealing, a true story with a twist – fabulous and so totally impossible to resist!"
BEST GENERAL PUBLICATION
Organisations with annual turnover under £1m
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
Superstructure: The Making of the Sainsbury Centre
Sainsbury Centre Publishing
BEST GENERAL PUBLICATION
Organisations with annual turnover over £1m
Bodleian Libraries
Tolkien: Treasures
Bodleian Library Publishing
BEST GUIDEBOOK
Organisations with annual turnover under £1m
Portsmouth Museums
The D-Day Story Guidebook
Pitkin at Pavilion Books
BEST GUIDEBOOK
Organisations with annual turnover over £1m
Royal Air Force Museum
Souvenir Guidebook
Jigsaw
BEST EXHIBITION CATALOGUE
Organisations with annual turnover under £1m
Sir John Soane's Museum
The Return of the Past: Conversations on Postmodernism
BEST EXHIBITION CATALOGUE
Organisations with annual turnover over £1m
National Museums Liverpool
China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors

BEST SHOP

Bawdsey Radar Trust
"We were absolutely bowled over by this museum and shop. The transformation from pre-refurbishment to now is amazing. Everyone plays their part to make it a success and you feel their teamwork, passion and commitment as soon as you arrive. With an almost non-existent budget the team have been inspiringly creative, and it’s these small touches that make it a huge success."

BEST SUPPLIER

King & McGaw
"Suppliers of quality prints, mounts, frames and postcards that drive sales and show off key works to their very best. The quality is excellent and designers easy to work with. The compatible back-loader frames lift print ranges to the next level and customers regularly comment on the ease of being able to buy the print and frame all in one go."
The Judges
PRODUCTS
Julie Molloy Managing Director, National Gallery Company 
Matt Ripley Head of Retail, Natural History Museum 
Liz Cooper Commercial Manager, Gainsborough's House 
PUBLISHING 
Declan McCarthy Head of Publishing & Licensing, Ashmolean
Rebecca Nuotio Head of Commercial Brand Development & Sales, British Library 
Kara Green Publishing Manager, National Portrait Gallery