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Museum Makers up for national museum and heritage awards

Museum Makers – which uses our Volunteer Makers volunteer management platform – has been shortlisted for the Best Marketing Campaign in the 2015 Museums and Heritage Awards for their Luton Happy video campaign.

Museum Makers – a team of volunteers set up by Luton Culture to support Wardown Park Museum – are listed with the likes of The Natural History Museum, Imperial War Museums and National Maritime Museum for the prestigious award which will be announced on 29th April.

The team are being recognised for their viral video Luton Happy, which showcased their museum and the people of Luton to the sounds of Pharrell Williams’ hit “Happy”. As well as engaging well over a hundred thousands viewers online, the video came to the attention of the singer who promoted it to his own followers.

Museum Makers manages museum volunteers through their website which runs on our Volunteer Makers platform – an interactive challenge database for growing, managing and engaging volunteers. The Luton Happy video project was one of the challenges put out on the database, and performers, crew, film-makers and editors were recruited via the platform to make the video a reality.

The platform, created by Luton Culture and built on our technology, has helped the team grow their volunteer base from around 40 to well over 1000 in two years, and as well as helping secure the museum’s future has allowed them to pull off a number of impressive engagement coups from the Luton Happy video to a place in the Guinness Book of Records for hat wearing!

The Volunteer Makers platform allows organisations that rely on volunteers to manage their engagement from matching skills with needs, to social promotion and recruitment – all in a user-friendly way that allows volunteers to get involved at a level that suits them, whether that’s a few minutes now and again or a regular commitment.

We’re delighted to be supporting our client and joining them at the event in London.

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#LutonHappy was a viral hit

#LutonHappy was a viral hit

We’re delighted to see the great work being done by our clients getting plenty of recognition this month, with a number of them up for awards.

Museum Makers – a project by Luton Culture – has been shortlisted in the Marketing Campaign category of the Museums and Heritage Awards 2015 for their #LutonHappy campaign.

The quirky video, set to Pharell’s hit Happy, engaged a wide range of supporters and volunteers at Luton’s Wardown Park Museum, as well as members of the wider Luton community to create a real online buzz about the museum and the area.

Museum Makers is co-ordinated via an innovative challenge database web app created by Tickbox, and manages, promotes and develops the supporter base of the museum.

Meanwhile, Taunton Association for the Homeless has been nominated for a Community Champions award, for its work with homeless people in Somerset.

The charity has helped hundreds of homeless people to get back on their feet and rebuild their lives.

You can vote for the charity at the Magnet Trade Community Champions website.

Away from our charity clients, nationally-acclaimed Indian restaurant Mint and Mustard is a finalist in the Cardiff Life Awards.

As the restaurant’s marketing partners, we’ll be joining them at their table for the prestigious award ceremony on March 19th. It’s the second year in a row they have been up for this award, and we’re supporting Cardiff Life as award sponsors.

It’s been a great year for the restaurant, with new premises opening in Weston-super-Mare and Penarth, the re-launch of their Chai St Indian street food cafe, and recognition in the national media as one of the best Indian restaurants in the UK.

And Tickbox MD Claire Sully has got in on the act. Her short play, Mr Wild, has been selected to be performed by theater group Show of Strength as part of Trading Local Wells. The play will be performed on March 21st, 10.30am – 4.30pm at Wells Cinema.