A MONMOUTHSHIRE museum is celebrating picking up a highly sought after award for its current exhibition on the contributions that local women have made to society.

Abergavenny Museum was awarded the Women’s History Network’s annual Community History Project prize for its ‘Monmouthshire Women Making Change’ exhibit, which runs until March 11, 2018.

The project explores the part women have played in securing suffrage, the war effort, agriculture, the peace movement and how continued involvement in different issues helps to improve the lives of women both locally and globally.

A panel from the Women’s History Network, The History Press, heritage professionals and community historians judged the project, which was also shared with Newcastle’s Discovery Museum for its Tiny Sparks scheme.

The judges praised the team - consisting of an intergenerational group of volunteers - for the “enthusiastic way in which community groups of all ages and cultures have worked together to bring their own material to illuminate the women’s histories brought to light. The panel were truly uplifted to see a small rural museum working so creatively.”