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Six Arts Council England funded organisations among finalists for Museum of the Year 2013 award

  • Date: 4 April 2013
  • Area: National
young man peers through glass at museums exhibit at the •	Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (part of the University of Cambridge Consortium)

A visitor to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (part of the University of Cambridge Consortium), finalist for Museum of the Year award 2013. Credit: Courtesy Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Six organisations funded by Arts Council England are among ten in the running for the £100,000 Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year.

The award celebrates museums finding new and creative ways to bring objects and collections to life, looking specifically at activity that took place in 2012.

Our support

The six finalist museums receiving Arts Council England funding include four funded through our Renaissance Major grant programme and National portfolio:

  • Horniman Museum
  • Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (part of the University of Cambridge Consortium)
  • Baltic
  • Hepworth, Wakefield

And three funded through our Renaissance Strategic support fund:

  • William Morris Gallery
  • Hepworth Wakefield
  • Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury

Additional prize for achievements in learning programmes

As well as the £100,000 prize for the winning organisation, the Art Fund will give one of the ten finalist museums £10,000 for the Clore Award for Learning, which recognises achievements in learning programmes for children and young people.

The finalists were chosen by an independent panel of judges including the Daily Telegraph's arts editor Sarah Crompton, writer and broadcaster Bettany Hughes, historian Tristram Hunt MP and the artist Bob and Roberta Smith.

Stephen Deuchar, Director of the Art Fund and Chair of the award judging panel, said:

'The quality and diversity of the UK's museums and galleries is truly exceptional and the job of this prize is to draw attention to that.

'As the national charity for art, we hope that by shining a light on the ten finalists we'll encourage people to visit and celebrate these bright beacons of culture across the UK.'

The winner will be announced at a ceremony at the V&A on 4 June 2013, which will also be broadcast live on BBC Radio 4's Front Row.

Find out more about our Major partner museums and our National portfolio of funded organisations.