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1 Apr 2020

It’s in the bag!

Interior of shop with lots of different products on shelves lining the walls, and a display of mugs in the foreground along with boxes of lego of the Hill House.
Our shop at the Hill House in Helensburgh has been announced as the best in the country by the Association for Cultural Enterprises (ACE), beating London’s Science Museum and the Globe Theatre.

Created as part of the pioneering conservation project undertaken by the Trust to protect Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s domestic masterpiece the Hill House, judges were impressed with both the look of the shop and the bespoke design-led products.

The retail team sourced hundreds of new products, ranging from badges and scarves to bespoke jewellery pieces and a model Hill House made from Lego bricks. A series of tea towels, mugs, T shirts and notebooks using designs created by Glasgow’s Hole in my Pocket was also shortlisted for the award in the ‘Best Range’ category.

A display of black and white tea towels and mugs depicting the Hill House.
Tea towels and mugs designed by Hole in my Pocket

Judges noted that the shop was ‘smart and sleek’ and commended the display of the products. They also praised the incorporation of the vast chainmail box structure in ‘innovative and unique ranges’.

This is the first time in the Trust’s history that we’ve won a national award for one of our shops. The awards were due to be announced at a ceremony in March at the ACE annual conference in Harrogate, which was postponed due to the coronavirus emergency. Instead, the results of the award were revealed to winners by email.

A colour print showing the frame of the structure erected over the Hill House to protect it.
A print showing the Box surrounding the Hill House

Driving force behind the shop, Retail Development Manager Alex Miller said: ‘It’s been such a difficult time for everyone in the last few weeks but getting the news that we’d won has been so heartening. In achieving this award, we’ve held our own against key heritage sites the Science Museum and the Globe Theatre.

‘This means a great deal to everyone who was involved in the Hill House Box project last year and I’m incredibly proud of the outstanding collaboration, hard work and sheer team effort that we collectively achieved on this project.’

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